The excitement of the 2014 FIFA world cup is at a fevered pitch and I have long since caught the fever! Anyone who’s even remotely close to me knows that I love some good football. I am the type who would stay at home all Saturday watching one English premiership match after another. (Yes! I love football that much), so to have a whole month of uninterrupted top level action of the beautiful game has sent me into some sort of contained frenzy, especially as it is now 24 hours into the opening ceremony!
It is no longer news that Nigeria has been grouped along with Argentina, Bosnia- Herzegovina and Iran, and many Nigerians (including me) expect that we should qualify from this group without too much hassle, though I’d rather we didn’t underrate any of these countries, particularly Bosnia who beat the highly rated Ivory Coast and Mexico during the international friendlies. The big boss Stephen Keshi has named his 23 man squad to the world cup finals, and we are condemned to giving them our full support whether we have reservations about the inclusion of certain players or the exclusion of others.
I will the Super eagles to do well by making it to the quarter final stage at least, a feat we have never achieved before…but beyond that the I am thrilled that the greatest footballing talents on the planet will be on display, from the poaching skills of Chicharito to the lethal left foot of Robin Van Persie, from the bullish runs of Yaya Toure, to the precision of Luis Suarez in front of goal, from the mesmerizing skills of Lionel Messi, to the tantalizing trickery of Christiano Ronaldo, the 2014 FIFA world cup promises to be interesting and exciting! It hardly matters that Brazilians have been protesting against hosting the world cup, It hardly matters that Sao Paulo the host city for the opening ceremony and third largest city in Brazil has been battling a major dengue fever outbreak since the past month, or that Brazil as a country has the highest incidence of dengue fever in the world. By some magical mystery, all these problems will be relegated to the background once the tournament kicks off.
On my own part as a football fan, I have taken it upon myself to make sure nothing (and I mean absolutely nothing) deprives me of my God given right to see at least 60 percent of the matches to be played. My DSTV subscription must be sorted till the end of the tournament even If it leaves me broke. This is not the time to take chances with PHCN…there must a steady supply of fuel to keep the generator running at all game times, and woe betide any generator that decides to develop a fault at this time! The world cup is here, no distractions are allowed. The world cup is here, all worries are forgotten for now. The world cup is here, all other activities and events must take a back seat. The world cup is here! Leggoooo!!!
P.S: Let me use this opportunity to apologize to my friend, Jumoke who has had to endure sudden outbursts of excitement caused by my world cup fever, I’m sure you understand (at least a tiny bit). This apology is not to say that the shouts will stop, on the contrary I am only prepping you for what’s to come within the next 30 days!