.Candid Advise To Keshi’s Boys From The Peter Ijeh Column –
My heart is filled with joy as I write this week’s column on our e-sports newspaper, and it is dedicated to the ‘Home-Based Eagles’, who are ‘On the match again’ to the African Nations Championship, CHAN, beginning in South Africa on Saturday, 11 January, 2014.
Just as eyesonthesports.com brings the dead facts to life, likewise the Home-Based Eagles did not wait for extraordinary opportunities to be counted amongst the finalists at this year’s Nations Championship; aka ‘CHAN’, for the first time under one of Nigeria’s most celebrated player and coach, Stephen Keshi, popularly known as ‘The Big Boss’.
Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price to pay to achieve any goal.
The Home-Based Eagles have come thus far through dedication and patriotism. And, in doing so, they have increased in performance ratio from 1-5, from invitees to gain regular placements and are likely to get more recognition as potential stars in the near future.
How I wish we had an opportunity like this during my generation in the Nigeria Professional League! Although, we equally gave our best and played to the zenith of our game those days, but such tournament as CHAN, would have given our generation more exposure and opportunity.
However, life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward. This is one of the reasons I’m writing this to encourage our Home-Based Eagles to seize every opportunity provided by CHAN to make themselves great and write Nigeria’s name in GOLD.
The Home-Based Eagles should remember that only ‘Weak Men wait for opportunities; but Strong Men Make them’. So my dear Eagles, be brave to make more success.
As you get set to fly to South Africa for the CHAN tournament, always remember, that ‘Winning’ is not a sometime thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time.
Winning is a habit. Unfortunately; so is losing. Interestingly, the Home-Based Eagles have shown great character and high degree of sportsmanship to merit their qualification in the CHAN tourney in South Africa.
Dear Eagles, remember also that you have well over 150 million sports loving fans back home in Nigeria behind you, and chanting; “All we are saying…The Eagles must fly and glow at CHAN”.
Upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all, arise my compatriots, utilize this chance well when you get to South Africa.
“Tyron Edwards” once says…that ‘Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in actions; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny’.
So, forget the politics and politicians. Because A politician thinks of the next election – while a Statesman thinks of the next generation.
It is with great enthusiasm, you can scale the mountains. A championship of this nature is always a challenge for the future, this feeling of excitement is the drive to destiny.
Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.
Take this chance…take your spot and be proud to be one of those chosen to represent our country. Sow the seed of doing your best as individuals and collectively as a team. And the harvest time will not seize.
Experience, they say, is a good teacher because she gives the text first, then the lesson afterward. It also makes one knows more of a road. And this tourney is a pace-setter to the World Cup proper in Brazil.
To give yourself the best possible chance of playing to your potential, you must prepare for every eventuality. That means practice and perfect your arts. If you practice an art, be proud of it and make it proud of you. ‘Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt’. So, make us proud in South Africa and give us something to cheer in your games, good luck my dear Eagles.
Hope you enjoyed this edition? Join me again in a fortnight and till then, do some sports and get a goal at least to keep your heart healthy. Thank you.
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