By Samuel Omaenikun                                                                                                                 

It
is a little over a week to the king of all football events, the World Cup and
thirty two nations would be hoping to claim the crown.                                                                                                                                           Five African countries of which Nigeria is one
would be hoping to shock the world and win the mundial or at least break new grounds,
so now the question is how can this be done?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 President of the Nigeria
Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick keeps saying Nigeria can win the World Cup
and I have fashioned out the best way we can.                                                                                                                                                                                           
By Prayers                                                                                                                                           
Nigeria
is a country with over 180
million citizens and it is a known fact that Nigeria
and Africa as a whole are extremely religious.                                                                             
“Prayer
is the key I tell you, prayer is the key, prayer is the master key,” goes the
old religious song popular in these parts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We have all heard of miracles effected
by prayers, from blind eyes being opened down to religious stickers preventing
gas cylinders from going empty…. Don’t ask me if it’s true or not oh.                                                                                                                                  
So
now what does this have to do with winning the World Cup?                                                                                                                                     “The prayer of a righteous man availeth much,”
Says the scriptures in James 5:16 so let Nigerians begin to pray and cast out
every spirit of Yakubu disturbing the team.                                                                                                                                
Don’t
forget to sing and dance and let your clothes fall off like King David so our
heavenly father will be moved to smite down our  opponents.                                                                                  
By Fasting                                                                                                                                     
We
have to be Spiritual about it because as religious people there are some demons
that can only be removed by prayer and fasting Matthew 17:21 and these spirits also affect football.                                                                                                                                     
I’ll
suggest a nationwide fast so we can break every yoke disturbing this team.                                                                                                                                           If you love the team that much, a dry fast
will not be out of place. This will enable us bind any spirit of Abiodun Baruwa
that would want to make our goal keeper mis-control a back pass.                                                                                                               
By giving                                                                                                                             
Yes
it is time to give. Give, so that heaven may bless us with the World Cup. In
case you’re confused as to how to give, my account number is 011…                                                                                                                                                                               On second thoughts, just contact me and I’ll
direct you on what to do.                             
As
you contact me to give towards the World Cup, Nigeria will not only win but you
would be winning in all aspects of your life from business to office even
sports betting. Sow your seed now and be blessed forever.                                                                                
Can we just get
serious?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
All
the above are things that could be done but I can assure you nothing, absolutely
nothing will happen, as faith without works is dead.                                                                                                                                                                                                    I tell you and it is in the good books too, James
2.20.                                                                   
So
to win the World Cup we must get our house in order.                                                      
Performance not
names                                                                                                          
Yes
we might have a few big names in our side but in-order to not end up like the Brazilian
side of 2014, we must pick players on performance.                                            
Pick
guys who are currently playing at the top of their game and not players who
only make the squad because they’ve been there for a long time i.e if Ahmed
Musa is not firing don’t pick him.
Not just Ighalo                                                                                                                             
The
World Cup is too big to have just one out and out striker. If you want to win it,
or at least get a good outing options are needed.                                                                           
From
the defence to the midfield up to the strikers but so far in the center forward
role, until Simi Nwankwo joined the ranks, Ighalo seemed to be the only option and
this shouldn’t be.
Media                                                                                                                                   
Getting
the media on your side sounds funny but it is true. The media forms the
foundation for the thought line of the masses.                                                                    
The
more positive reviews from them the better.
Goalkeeping Challenge                                                                                                           
There
was a time we were blessed with some of the best goal keepers on the continent
but now sadly the opposite is the case.                                                                                
It
is time coach Gernot Rohr picks his first choice, sticks with it and be ready
to face what comes next. From the last few games it seems this choice is Francis
Uzoho though.                                                                                                                                 
This
would enable belief, and confidence would rise within the chosen player and
give him the time to settle in.
CONCLUSION                                                                                                                 
The
World Cup is getting closer and realistically, there are only about five teams
for me that have a real chance of winning the prestigious trophy.                                            
Germany,
Brazil, France (even with their inconsistency) Spain and Argentina are the teams
for me with the highest probability of winning but that does not mean another
team cannot win or at least give them a good run for their money.                                     
Not
forgetting teams like Portugal with Ronaldo that might play rubbish sorry non attractive
football and still win.                                                                                            
However
nothing stops Nigeria from being the team to tip the scale and upset the book
makers, if we pray, fast and then give unto the needy.                                                                                                                                                                                                  However, we must tell ourselves
the truth.                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Sorry, Amaju Pinnick, Nigeria cannot win the World Cup.

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