Hello sports fans across the globe. It’s great to be back with my column and this edition is on the UEFA Champions League Draw released on Thursday.
Interestingly, my former team made the group stage this year and this brings some sweet memories.
I featured in the top flight from 2001-2003, playing 60 Premier League games scoring 38 goals. In 2001, due to the lateness of my transfer papers and clearance from Julius Berger FC of Lagos, I couldn’t start the season. However, I started late and still score 4 goals that season.
In 2002, I played 23 games and scored 24 goals and emerged the Highest Goal Scorer in Sweden back then, and the record remains unbroken till today.
In addition, I won the MVP and other awards, and in 2003, I suffered a fractured foot which stopped me from making a major move to Barcelona and six other top clubs but I bounce back after the mid- season and went on to hit 10 goals for my team.
What brought these memories is for me to support the main idea of this article; that the quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit of leadership.
Talking about leadership, inspiration is the integrity of the person leading. Yes, vision and passion are important, but employees must trust you to feel inspired. They must believe in you. Your person is as important as the direction you provide. Employees look up to a person who tells the truth, tries to do the right things, live a “good” life and does his best. Trust me. Your actions play out on the stage of your organization. And, your staff do boo and cheer and vote with their feet and their actions.
For the records, below are my personal information and statistics:
Date of birth: 28 March 1977
Place of birth: Lagos, Nigeria
Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position: Forward
Current team: Assyriska BK
Position: Head Coach
Years Team Apps† (Goals)†
1998 Nitel FC 26 (17)
1999–2000 Julius Berger 27 (15)
2001–2003 Malmö FF 60 (38)
2004–2005 IFK Göteborg 36 (13)
2005–2006 Copenhagen 16 (4)
2006–2009 Viking FK 78 (39)
2010–2011 Syrianska FC 47 (22)
2012 GAIS 18 (2)
2002 Nigeria 4 (0)
Below are fixtures of this year’s Champions League:
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Atlético Madrid Real Madrid CF SL Benfica Arsenal
Juventus FC Basel Zenit SP B/Dortmund Olympiakos Liverpool Leverkusen Galatasaray
Malmö PFC Razgrad AS Monaco Anderlecht
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Bayern Barcelona Chelsea Porto
Man City PSG FC Schalke 04 Shakhtar
CSKA AFC Ajax Sporting CP A/Bilbao
AS Roma APOEL Nicosia NK Maribor BATE Borisov
So long, standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; as you may get knocked down by the vehicles in a clumsy traffic from both sides.
Based on the smooth organisation of UEFA championships, we can make Nigeria and African Champions League better by doing the right things; making the right choices.
This is where I shall draw the curtain on this one, join me again for another edition, till then, have a nice day and poke in some goals.
Only goals and consistency make the difference in life.
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