Lessons of Hope from Nigeria vs Brazil 1996 Olympics Game as 2021 is not over until it’s over
If you can remember the historic football match between Nigeria and Brazil in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics Games. A lot of lessons can be derived from that.
The Nigeria’s head of State at the period of the game was General Sani Abacha, while Jo Bonfrere was the Chief Coach of the Dream Team and Nwankwo Kanu was fully on ground as the Captain.
Brazil was the king of global football and they knew it. So, Nigeria losing to Brazil that night would not have been a big deal.
Brazil really dealt with Nigeria that night. Till around 77th minute (about 12 minutes to the end of the game), the South American country was obviously dominating the game. The score line was Brazil 3, Nigeria 1.
However, inspite of the fact that Brazil had in their team star names such as Carlos, Rivaldo, Bebeto and Ronaldo, Nigerians watching the game still thought that their beloved country did not deserve such humiliation by the Brazillian boys.
Many Nigerian fans were very angry towards the end of the match; in fact, many had already turned off their Television sets, some were shedding tears, while few hoped and prayed that the team 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 to make the score line 3:2, everything changed from then onwards as pressure came upon Brazil and the Nigerian players became more motivated, firing shots from every angle.
What many described as another miracle happened 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 game?…
There was a rule then called the “the Golden Goal Rule”, the first team to score in the extra time wins the game.
Then came the decisive goal from Papilo Kanu Nwankwo in just 3 minutes into the extra time.. And that was how the messy game became a message.
As the year winds down, a lot can still be done to make it a glorious one.
In fact, the remaining part of the year is still sufficient to define the whole year.
Do not lose hope now. It is too early to give up on your beautiful expectations for 2021.
It is not over until it is over, wipe off the tears and buckle your shoes.
In the remaining days of this year, try to;
Keep faith alive
Fire shots from all angles
Surely, you will definitely win…
Resist the pull of fatigue regardless of the past disappointments and delay.
Always remember the God of Miracles.
He will make things happen for you.
And hopefully you will smile at last.
COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON as you continue to enjoy the few minutes of the game of 2021, for it is never over till you hear the final whistle.
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