Top Five Nigerian Football Players That Caught Headlines for the Wrong Reasons

In Nigeria, the game of football is followed with a lot of passion considering the fact that the country remains the biggest exporter of footballers in major leagues of the world. The game is not however devoid of players who get famous for the wrong reasons. Below are the top five Nigerian players who though talented, were always at the receiving end of the media. Some are no longer active, while others are still actively involved in both club and country.

Etim Esin

Etim Esin was born in Oron in Akwa Ibom State, Southern Nigeria in the year 1960. He emerged as one of the most talented stars in the local scene when he helped Nigeria qualify for the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship in Chile. His urge potential however suffered serious dent due to lack of discipline and arrogance. In the height of his escapade, Etim Esin was shot by armed robbers in 1987 prior to the Junior World Cup. The nail in his coffin came while he was playing for AK Ghent of Belgium in the early 1990’s, as he was convicted of raping a Belgian girl and subsequently deported back to Nigeria by Belgian Immigration authorities.

Tarila Okorowanta

Tarila Okorowanta was a creative midfielder who became a local folk hero while playing for Shooting Stars football clubs of Ibadan in the 1980’s. His career was however engulfed in controversy due to lack of discipline and frequent breaking of camp rules. Tarila Okorowanta made the wrong headlines when he defected to Italy while Shooting Stars of Ibadan were returning back from an African Champions Cup match in Tunisia. That rash action led to the eventual fall of his wonderful but short career.

Gbolahan Salami

Gbolahan Salami is a striker with the Shooting Stars football club of Ibadan. A bulky and exceptionally gifted player, Gbolahan gained fame when he starred for Nigeria at the U-20 World Cup held in Egypt in 2009. The rising profile of the bully striker however suffered some knocks last year when he was slammed with a two match-ban for verbally assaulting his former coach at Sunshine football club- Gbenga Ogunbote. To compound his woes, he got a one year ban recently when Shooting stars were forced to a 1-1 draw by visiting Crown F.C of Ogbomosho in a Premier League fixture played on Sunday 30th January 2011. He allegedly attempted to attack the match referee- Michael Oshei for awarding a late penalty against his club-side.

Junior Osagie

Junior Osagie is a former Enyimba and Super Eagles of Nigeria invitee who was fond of breaking camp rules. The highly talented striker could not fulfill his goal of play professional football abroad due partly to his erratic conduct and the negative influence surrounding his career.

Akpan Bassey

Akpan Bassey is the only goalkeeper in the Nigeria Premier League to be given a one year ban since the inception of the league. He was a member of the Ladan Bosso-led U-20 team that participated at the 2007 FIFA World Cup held in Canada. Though lacking in height, he remains one of the best goalkeeper in the Nigeria Premier League till date. His superlative performance has even earned him invitations to the Super Eagles of Nigeria on several occasions. The Heartland F.C of Owerri shot-stopper had earlier been handed down a $650 fine and a one match ban on the 20th of January 2011 for shoving a referee during a Premier league match against Sunshine F.C of Akure.

One sad trend that can be observed from each of these players, is that they are all gifted and talented, but failure to abide by the rules of the game adversely affected their career. It is a lesson which other aspiring footballers must learn from.

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Canon Inc

Canon Inc is a Japanese founded company that operates worldwide in specialising the manufacture of imaging products such as Digital Cameras, Photocopiers and Computer Printers. Canon was originally founded under the name Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory in 1937 Tokyo Japan by four optical technology pioneers known as Takeshi Mitarai, Goro Yoshida, Saburo Uchida and Takeo Maeda. The name Canon conversely dates further back than the company formation date. In 1934 Canon was a prototype for a 35 millimeter camera, Japan’s first, with a focal plane shutter. In Japanese it was known as «Kwanon». Canon now has headquarter functions as wide as America, Europe (split between London and the Netherlands), Africa, the Middle East, Japan, Central Asia and Australia.

Today, Canon manufactures for the business and for the consumer with products such as printers, scanners, binoculars, digital cameras, film cameras, SLR cameras and lenses. Less famous products attributable to the Canon brand include medical equipment, optical equipment, broadcast lenses and x ray devices.

Canon Inc is a pioneer in laser printing technology and solutions. Canon were the principle makers of industry accepted laser print units. The engine from the Canon LBP-CX model was adopted by models created by Apple and HP to good effect. Later Canon engines such as LBP-SX, LBP-LX, LBP-EX, LBP-PX were also used more widely than by Canon inc themselves.

Canon as a company is respected as being at the forefront of business environmental activities. ‘Clean Air Cool Planet’ conducted a survey of companies based no their effects on climate change and listed Canon at the top of that list. Canon is proud of it’s Corporate Socail Responsibility policy that emphasise their being a part of the bigger issue on green policies. Canon also prioritise ethics, attitudes, humanitarian aid and disaster relief, education, science and social welfare.

Canon Inc is widely recognised due to their extensive sponsorship activities, particularly in Europe.In the mid 1980’s Canon was the sponsor of the English Football League and has since been a sponsor or European wide competitions such as the Champions League and the UEFA cup. The Organisation was consistently a contributory sponsor the World Cup at tournaments between 1978 and 1998. Spanning not just Europe but worldwide, Canon are a sponsor of Formula One car racing until 2012 having previously been involved with the Brawn Racing team in 2009 and F1 Williams. Outside of Sport Canon sponsors Fashion weeks and Paris, London and Milan with regularity.

The position of Canon Inc in the market place is as a reliable supplier of up to date technology in the world of printing and optical software. It has considerable market share of the consumer market for home printers and digital cameras as well as the the medium to large office for industry size printers and photocopiers. The global marketing of Canon coupled with their reputation for being «green» in an ever demanding environmentally friendly world means they are likely to maintain a position at the forefront of the market for mnay years to come.

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FC Barcelona – The Rivalry With Real Madrid

As long as there have been sport teams, there have been rivalries. Whether it’s the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox or the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, the two rival teams inevitably end up meeting again and again, forming an ongoing heated rivalry that delights fans of the sport. One such rivalry is between Spanish football teams FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

FC Barcelona (also known as Barça by its fans) and Real Madrid are two of the earliest Spanish football teams, both forming in the 1890s. From the start, the two teams were seen as representatives of two rival regions of Spain, the ancient kingdoms of Castile and Catalonia. Both teams were part of La Liga, a Spanish football league and a rivalry that went far beyond football quickly took root.

It was during and after the Spanish Civil War that the rivalry took on more political overtones. Dictator Francisco Franco banned all peripheral languages, such as Catalan, the language of Barcelona. Catalonia had long been associated with more progressive fashions and political ideas, such as democracy-which was the diametric opposite of Franco’s dictatorial regime. FC Barcelona suffered as a result of being a part of the Catalonian culture. Real Madrid, on the other hand, was seen by many Spaniards (and Catalonians in particular) as the «establishment» club. Though Franco seemed to favor Real Madrid, members of both teams suffered under his regime.

The fierce rivalry continued into the 1950s when both clubs sought to sign Alfredo Di Stefano to play for them. Real Madrid eventually won out and Alfredo Di Stefano went on to lead them to many wins. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid went head-to-head twice at the European Cup in the 1960s, with Real Madrid winning one and FC Barcelona winning the other. The two teams clashed once again over a player in 2000 when Luis Figo left FC Barcelona and signed with Real Madrid. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid competed against each other again in the UEFA Champions League semi-final in 2002, with Real Madrid getting the win. The Spanish media dubbed the match «The Match of the Century».

In the mid-2000s, the rivalry ascended to further heights when it acquired its own name, El Clasico. The term El Clasico was traditionally assigned to any South American football rivalry, but the growth of football in the Americas coupled with these two great teams’ rivalry led to the coining of the term as applied to FC Barcelona and Real Madrid. This was mostly a marketing scheme communicated via GolTV, an all-football satellite channel, but the term has been embraced by fans worldwide.

El Clasico shows no signs of slowing. To this very day, the two teams inevitably seek each other out on the field to find out who is the best team in Spain. Sometimes FC Barcelona wins and sometimes Real Madrid wins, but ultimately football fans worldwide are the ones who win whenever these two giants meet on the field.

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