Quality Of Leadership & Nigeria’s Sports

Hello sports fans round the globe. It’s nice to be here with another edition of my column.

My topic for today is on the ‘Quality Of Leadership & Nigeria’s Sports’. I think what the so-called leaders of various sports associations in the country need to know is that ‘Visualization is daydreaming with purpose’.

To accomplish great things one must first dream, then visualize and plan. It’s after these ones had been attained with believe and action that something tangible can be achieved.

“Everything I have made or that I am today as a coach did not come by chance, I visualized it as a soccer player first. And, all those moves, techniques and skills were well tested as a footballer.”

I’m wondering how long our leaders will accommodate the conspiracy theory in Nigerian sport.

The blame game goes on again, especially at a time like this when our teams finished badly at the 2016 Rio Olympic games.

Honestly, the performance of Team Nigeria at the recently concluded Olympic Games was a national embarrassment and the fall out shows how terrible Nigerian Sports and soccer are at the moment.

I’m particularly worried that the people mandated to oversee the growth and development of sports in the country the the ones destroying the bedrock built for sports men and women many years ago.

There is mistrust among the administrators and this is causing commotion in the entire system because Nigeria’s sports is expected to enjoy a rapid growth based on the talents available in the nation.

Those who lacked the knowledge and understanding of what progressive planning means say CAF is the cause of the downfall of Nigerian teams in international tournaments in Africa and FIFA organised competitions.

They claim that it’s CAF’s conspiracy theory that denied the Golden Eaglet a chance to qualify for next year’s youth tounaments.

The same conspiracy, according to the Tyros may have denied the Super Eagles a chance to qualify for the African Cup of Nations back to back. The conspiracy must have also stopped the Super Falcons and the U-20 Flying Eagles from doing well in their respective championships.

What these people don’t know is that many generations of talents have be wasted over the years due to poor administration and leadership problems, which have been the bane of sports development in Nigeria for years.

Time is a valuable thing; watch it fly by as the pendulum swings; watch it count down to the end of the day. The clock ticks life away.

As we all know, time and age are big factors in soccer and it affects both sports men and women.

To every thing, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to harvest that which is planted.There is also a time to spoil and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

So, let those in charge of Nigeria’s sports look back and pick up the missing link; there is an urgent need to retrace their steps by re-positioning the country’s sports because complaining of yesterday’s failures won’t make tomorrow any better.

The true measure of success is how many times one can bounce back from numerous failings. Time will run back and fetch the Age of Gold. If only the leaders in Nigeria’s sports can start doing things right again.

The question now is; Can Nigerian sports rise up again? Oh Yes!
For time is the wisest counselor of all.

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. Although, we are all weeping over our country’s failure to sparkle at Rio 2016, we will definitely smile again very soon, but that will be with proper preparations.

Our administrators need rebuilding structure in the sports industry and the right people must be in right places.

To give real service to humanity and country, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

Hope you enjoyed this piece, join me again in the next edition.
Yours in Sports.

Peter Ijeh,
Certified Uefa Licensed Coach,

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