The national senior team of Nigeria on Thursday, June 9th, 2022 defeated the Leone stars of Sierra Leone by two goals to one, making it the Super Eagles’ first win in four games and Jose Peseiro’s first win as gaffer. As many Nigerians still licked the wound inflicted by the Ghanaians, who darkened the Eagles’ vision in their quest at reaching the World Cup in Qatar. One thing highly noticeable in the games against the Leone stars and Black stars was that the Eagles no longer struck fear in the heart of opposition.
The nickname “Super Eagles” was given to the Nigerian football senior team after they lost the 1988 African Cup of Nations final to Cameroon in Casablanca Morocco. Yes!! They lost but were still crowned SUPER! This team paraded the likes of Henry Nwosu, Stephen Keshi, Samuel Okwaraji, Peter Rufai and a host of others.
Fast forward thirty four years later and Nigerians wonder if there is anything “super” about these 21st century Eagles. The action figure Superman is the most popular character among the heroes in the D.C comics universe.
Although this figure is seen as super and indestructible, he is susceptible to one thing, the Kryptonite, a crystal material from his native land. This fictional character’s malady can be likened to the state of the Super Eagles. The current squad boasts of one of the most sought after strikers in Africa, Victor Osimhen. The Napoli forward has been wooed by top clubs in Europe. Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey, Haruna Lookman, Cyril Dessers are other promising youngsters in the ranks of the Eagles.
With Austin fired and Peseiro hired one Kryptonite will still continue to mar the flight of the Eagles if not dealt with as soon as possible. This “kryptonite” are the corrupt masters of the administration, who have their heads abroad and anus at home.