7:45 am Friday 22nd June
There was a calm quiet focus as we did our morning exercises
The banther was less, light and hushed as it felt like the pressure from over 30 million Nigerians back home was right there with us
Word had gone round that “baba” intended to make changes to the team. No one wanted to be found wanting as we toiled In the early hours of the day
Everyone was hyped
With Croatia beating Argentina we were still in with a shot
We just had to win our game. We needed to beat Iceland
8:30 am Friday 22nd June
The gist around the tables was mainly about Croatia’s 3-0 thrashing of Argentina
No one expected it!
Was it really a good result for us?
Our Vice Captain was always very vocal
“Omo that Modric goal na die! People think say Croatia na moin moin!”
Na mate Argentina aren’t in this tournament” Our London boy said “ We beat those blokes remember, We’ll beat them again!
“It won’t matter if we don’t win today” Skippo said “we have to focus on our game guys”
Skippo was right all that mattered was today’s game
11:00 am Friday 22nd June
Our last strategy session
Baba explained our tactics again and how he expected us to play
Kele turned and whispered into my ear. Someone don suppose teach Baba pidgin by now
Coach was speaking again
The Stadium is known as Volograd Arena and I think this name is good name for intense battle that we play today
For 90 minutes you are Warriors, you fight for every ball, you concentrate, This way, you win
We all win.
2:00 pm Friday 22nd June
2 Hrs to kickoff
This was it
Our time as Super Eagles would be remembered for this game
We were Ready
They say the Icelanders are descendants of Vikings who settled there from Norway.
Fierce warriors who charged into battle with deep inspiring war chants to overcome their opponents . . .well we have our own war chants
Let them come
This is Naija and the Super Eagles must fly
Let them come
We die here!