• Kanu: The lanky boy who shock the world at Atlanta ‘96

    Kanu: The lanky boy who shock the world at Atlanta ‘96

    The leadership of the young forward propelled Nigeria to their first Olympic gold medal 20 years ago.

    On a hot Monday afternoon in July, pupils of the Taiye Academy were hard at work on the sandy pitch of Uzi Primary School unperturbed by the din of a Pentecostal preacher nearby as they practiced in a ten-a-side game.

    Keenly watching over the session was its founder Kennedy Ezenwere, whose methods have come to famously unearth two key talents of Nigerian youth football – […]

  • Atlanta ’96: When Nigeria ruled the world

    Atlanta ’96: When Nigeria ruled the world

    It’s been 20 years since Nigeria’s football team made Olympic history but the memories remain as vivid as yesterday for a nation that, in the midst of misery, remembered what it…

    There are effectively two eras in Nigerian football: before 1994 and after; the former corresponding to a virtual Dark Age, and the latter, the summer of 1996 especially, to the Renaissance.

    The promise and excitement of the 1994 World Cup in the USA had been truncated in rather anticlimactic circumstances in […]