Proper Balance Key To Eagles Progressing

HOW did the unthinkable happen? The defeat against the South Africans is not to be categorized under an old adage that “Pride goes before a fall,” but comes very close to it. There comes that pivotal encounter which stuns sportsmen into a chilling reality, never to take things for granted. This was the drama played out at the Godswill Akpabio theatre last Saturday.
Without a doubt the South Africans were superior on the day and deserved their handsome away victory against Nigeria. This was no fluke, and there was no luck involved.
Bafana Bafana arrived with a clear tactical finesse, surprising skills on the ball, and the quiet optimism that they had the sharp scalpels to cut through the rib cage of the Super Eagles, given half a chance. They went about their surgery with clinical efficiency that in the end left the patient dead on the turf at Uyo.
So, what lessons are there to be learned from a hurried post-mortem?
The first problem with the Super Eagles is one that has suffused everything in the wider context – the lack of quality human resources management and maintenance culture.
A graph of Nigerian sports shows a victory today, a fall the next, then another victory and further failures into mediocrity, followed by depression, quarrel, dismissals, and a fresh start.