England have won the U-20 World Cup; their first World Cup of any kind since 1966. For the English, it's a day of joy and celebration, but for Nigerians there a little tinge of sadness (and not just because South Africa came to our backyard to plaster us yesterday).
To the English, these names are some of their World Cup heroes, but to an average Nigerian there's something striking about the names above; they are ALL Nigerian. These boys have fulfilled their dreams of winning a World Cup; too bad they did it in the colours of England and not Nigeria. It's no secret anymore that a lot of countries have successful athletes who originated from these shores. In football alone we can mention quite a few "exported talents"; and England have been chief benefactors.
Considering the U-20 World Cup is the only age-group tournament Nigeria has failed to win (we've conquered U-17 and U-23 level), how nice it would have been if these our exported talents were donning the Nigerian jersey and representing their parents' fatherland. We've lost a lot of talents to other countries in different sports, and sadly I think we're going to lose a lot more given how shambolic our football setup is at the moment.
My appeal now is to our fellow Nigerians who like to go overseas to born pikin; abeg born them here so we can start keeping these talents at home biko! LOL
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