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Lesson Drawn From Olympic Match Between Nigeria Vs Brazil 1996

Nigeria Vs Brazil Atlanta 1996

Sports desk, Kpomkwem Sports.

Do you remember Olympic Games in 1996, popularly referred to as Atlanta ‘96?

Do you remember the historic football match between Nigeria and Brazil in Atlanta during Olympics Games in 1996? General Sani Abacha was the president of Nigeria, while Jo Bonfrere was the Chief Coach of the Dream Team, Nwankwo Kanu fully on ground as the Captain of the team.

Brazil was the king of global football and they knew it. So, Nigeria losing to Brazil that night would not be a big deal.

Gosh! Brazil dealt with us that night. Till around 77th minute (about 12 minutes to the end of the game) Brazil was obviously dominating the game. The score line was Brazil 3, Nigeria 1.

Despite the Brazil squad including star names such as Carlos, Rivaldo, Bebeto and Ronaldo, Nigerians watching the game still think Nigeria did not deserve such humiliation by Brazil boys, we had been beaten mercilessly. Nigerians became angry towards the end of the match; many had turned off their Television sets, some were shedding tears, while few hoped and prayed that we would not be further disgraced with yet another goal, but the unimaginable happened in the game.

At about 78th minute Victor Ikpeba stroked from 20 meters to score the second goal, everything changed beyond the 3:2 score line. Pressure came upon Brazil and hope for the Nigeria players, they became more motivated and began to fire shots from every angle.

Then another miracle, at the 90th minute, just before the final whistle, Kanu Nwankwo turned and flipped the ball over Dida and it was another goal, the equalizer.

What a wonderful match?…

There was a rule then, “the Golden Goal Rule”, the first team to score in the extra time wins the game.

Then came the decisive goal from Papilo in just 3 minutes into the extra time… And that was how the messy game became a message.

A lot can still be done this year to make it a glorious year, the remaining part of the year is sufficient to define the whole year.

Don’t lose hope now. It is too early to give up on your beautiful expectations for 2022.

It is not over until it is over, wipe off the tears and buckle your shoes.

In the remaining days and weeks of this year, try to;

🔹Re- strategize
🔹 Relaunch.
🔹 keep faith alive
🔹fire shots from all angles


Surely, you will win…

🔹Resist the pull of fatigue regardless of the past disappointments and delay.

*He is a God of Miracles*.

He will make things happen for you. *You will smile at last*🍾🥂🍷🌹🌺🌹

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