Roberto Mancini was so much in love with the Nigerian Football he offered to serve the Nation freely and bring glory to Nigeria if given a chance prior to the 2010 World Cup In South Africa.
His love for the country came as he was approached by a former governor, who was a member of a government committee saddled with the responsibility of getting Nigeria’s football hearts right just before the 2010 world Cup.
The meeting between Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Former Wimbledon hero John Fashanu and Robert Mancini took place in an undisclosed United Kingdom venue and the good gesture by the Nigerian duo to draw the nation’s attention to Mancini was thwarted by disgruntled gluttons in NFA who wanted a more dubious deal to benefit from the nation’s football booty. A so called Nigerian factor was solicited as several voices supported a Nigerian Manager for the Super Eagles job.
The frustration felt by Mancini was so intense that he registered his displeasure as the so called meeting between him Amaechi and John Fashanu was almost turned to a blackmail with many top Nigeria Football Federation officials disowning the Mancini’s link to bandit their dubious dream of sucking Nigeria dry into reality.
The NFA embarrassment however made Mancini to opt for a second choice of taking up an invitation to manage Manchester City, a contract he eventually won.
Just as the nation craved for World Cup glory, it emerged that former England manager, Glenn Hoddle, exposed some top Nigerian officials demanding a bribe of $500,000 to facilitate his getting the country’s top coaching job.
The then Kwara State Governor, Bukola Saraki claimed Glenn Hoddle complained to him that some officials demanded he (Hoddle) should inflate his wage demands by $500,000 because this would guarantee the Englishman the job to lead the Super Eagles to the 2010 World Cup.
Saraki then disclosed:“My working with Hoddle was borne out of patriotism and my conviction that the right thing must be done. I met Hoddle, who complained that he was asked to part with $500,000 out of his $1.5 million (proposed salary) and that was the only way to do business in Nigeria,” said Saraki.
However, Mancini option in 2009 for a free service to start with to prove Nigeria was in top league of World football was a big offence to some kleptomania who had since ruined the nation’s football and continue to enrich their pockets.
Just over three years after he was brutally denied the free offer to prove Nigeria is one of the most untapped football resources, the nation remains a shadow of her football glory while Mancini has been relishing a world class success in Manchester city.
Nigeria loss has since been Manchester City’s gain in a most disgraceful animalistic crave for illegal backhander by Nigeria Football Federation officials.
Mancini had disclosed in December 2009 after he was unofficially approached by Gov Amaechi, then leading a task force selected to oversee Nigeria’s bid for 2010 World Cup in South African:”I was asked about my willingness to take over in an unofficial way and I said I was willing because the prospect of an African Nations Cup and a World Cup appeal to me,” the 45-year-old told Friday’s La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Nigeria is rich with excellent players who are not well known. If they really want me, I’ll sit down and negotiate.”
The opportunity was missed and Nigeria has ever since remained her football shadows.
Manchester City have rewarded Roberto Mancini for winning the Premier League with a five-year contract extension.
Less than a year after the World Cup, Manchester City won the 2011 FA Cup final at Wembley to collect their first trophy for 35 years…just about a year after Mancini took over an almost bankrupted team.
In 2012, the former Internazionale boss Mancini, 47, led City to their first Premier League title in 44 years.
Sergio Aguero’s last-gasp goal saw them beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2 in the final game of the season, putting the club ahead of rivals Manchester United on goal difference, giving a blank ticket to another five year of fantastic talent display as a manger of high note.
“I am delighted to be able to give all of my efforts to Manchester City for a further five years,” the Italian coach said in a statement on the City website. “The opportunity which exists to build on our recent success is enormous.
“Manchester City is a fantastic football club, from the owner, chairman, board and the executive team, through to the players, staff and fans.
“I am very much looking forward to the challenges and excitement ahead.”
He has been linked with many top World Clubs including the vacant Russia manager’s job when former RFU chairman Sergei Fursenko reportedly told journalists that he had agreed a deal to take over from Dick Advocaat.
Russia’s current federation chief has since cooled those reports, saying no such deal had been agreed and that candidates would be announced on Tuesday.
Having won three Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia with Inter, Mancini joined City as a replacement for Mark Hughes in 2009, leading the club to what was then a highest Premier League finish of fifth place, after his gesture of free service for a nation he loved and respected was turned down and the link to the gesture almost basterdised.
He managed third the following season, securing Champions League football for the first time, also winning the FA Cup with a 1-0 final win over Stoke City.
And, despite disappointment in both European competitions, last season’s league success brought joy to Eastlands as City pipped local rivals United to a famous and thrilling league title.
With the sort of calamitous performance of Nigeria Super Eagles in 2010 in South Africa. With the wrong choice of Super Eagles Manager’s choice calculation and the huge sums lost to Las Lagerback in an historical contract canceling that saw Nigeria parting with the biggest sums in history only in six months, has Nigeria learnt anything about making the right judgement at the right time?