Match of total embarrassment

As the world cup swings into full action, the likes of Socrates, Zico, Junior, Eder and Falco from the samba boys of the 80s still ring bells to my ears. Of cause, I remember the likes of Diego Maradona, Tigana, Platini, Schumacher, Gerd Muller, Rummenigge, Beckenbauer etc vividly. But, there was a match in our school days that was an embarrassment to my set.

 

One of my fondest memories of was the 7-1 trashing by our immediate junior year- set 78. A football match was organised involving the two forms. I still remember the defeat vividly. The 77 set were overconfident and overindulged in preparing for the match. Joseph Ojo had access to Stationary Stores training jerseys. He was our year set team manager. We looked distinct and colourful in the Stationary Stores outfit, impressive as if we were professionals. Our opposition were intimidated and I guess, that spurred them, determined to defeat us.

 

I remember Tunde Fashola did not know which side to support, as he was much closer to Leye Shotade of set 77. The match kicked off with a big crowd cheering. I was on the left wing and my twin was in the midfield. I think Abiodun Ogunmola (Abby) was at goal, later replaced by Adefisoye (nephew of Vice Principal Olayeye). Wole Osilaja was full back, Bassey Okon to the right wing. Wilson Egbo Egbo, Leye Shotade etc were in the awful team too.

 

Set 78 were two goals up within 15 minutes. Extremely shocking start and we could not recover. These boys were great, dribbled and passed the ball graciously like the samba boys of Brazil. We remained passengers on the field. Our only goal was scored by solo effort of Bassey Okon, the horse. These guys milked the occasion for years! I sincerely hope the likes of Michael Igwonobe and Kola Anifowoshe will not remember this match! The Oshinowo twins were good supporters of their set! Kola Anifowoshe (Sojeh) was all over the place, doing his funny dance.

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  • Taiwo, Truly, Fashola has to come on board. I know Alli has been calling for this for a while now. I think nobody has brought this to Fashola's attention. We need to start calling for him to come on board "Alumni Connections" That would be great for bifoba. In fact, I can't understand why the executives in Nija have not made this possible by now. 

    And about igbobi claiming Fashola, don't worry about that. I doubt if Fashola is paying any attention to Igbobi as much. As far as I know, I don't think Fashola has ever attended any of the igbobi's events. Again, everybody in Nija (and even beyond) knows that Fashola is an alumnus of Birch Freeman. (Even unborn baby in Nija knows that) The only thing is that right from the beginning Igbobi has been very aggressive in claiming him because of Fashola's two-year "A level" in Igbobi.

    About your name not coming up on latest activity, it's because you're special, and a special person does special things; and that makes you different, lol.

    And please get in touch soon with David Lowo with any idea to improve activities on bifoba.

    Ma gbadun at all times, and stay warm in queen's kingdom!


    Taiwo Ogunlaiye said:

     Hi Folosho,

    You make me laff...mo ya to arin egbe o.....I jsut like to come in by the back door to surprise you, lol. I must have been using the wrong reply box then!

    We have got to move this site on to a new level now. I know the Igbobians are doing great! Thus, I will like to see Fashola on this group regardless his office...before the Igbobians claim the glory of what Birch Freeman hatched and nurtured! I will come up with an idea ( forum) sooner than later.

     

  •  Hi Folosho,

    You make me laff...mo ya to arin egbe o.....I jsut like to come in by the back door to surprise you, lol. I must have been using the wrong reply box then!

    We have got to move this site on to a new level now. I know the Igbobians are doing great! Thus, I will like to see Fashola on this group regardless his office...before the Igbobians claim the glory of what Birch Freeman hatched and nurtured! I will come up with an idea ( forum) sooner than later.

     

  • Taiwo, why is it that when you dropped a message on discussion forum, it does not come up on "latest activity"? Why are you different from others? O se ya to larin gbogbo egbe? Smile lol! Please we need ideas from you guys in queen's kingdom. If you guys know how popular our school is becoming because of this website, Fashola's popularity as an alumnus, new building at Akobi, plans for renovation of old school's buildings, and other plans bifoba has out there for Birch, I know you guys would do anything and everything to keep the popularity growing.

    As for the solar power, you guys in Europe, especially in UK, should start making individual contributions (gifts) towards the project. What's holding you guys back? Bifoba is expecting contributions to start coming by now. We need to get the money ready on time so that we can start the project immediately renovations of the old school's buildings start. Guys we need to start rolling now.

    Taiwo, please get in touch with David Lowo with any idea you have to improve our website. Thank you very much my man. Up bifoba!

    I will get back to you soon!

    Taiwo Ogunlaiye said:

    Foluso,

    Ebi mi, abeg no vex......it is true BIFOBA is boring but it is everyone’s responsibility to brighten it. I thing we can introduce a forum for general discussion, and make it informal as much as we can. I will get back to you on this. This sort discussion will keep people logging on regularly and longer. I may have to discuss some technical aspects with Tunde Lowo.

    I am sure that the UK chapter will take off sooner and later, then we can massive contribute to the solar power project. We will be working on it relentlessly.



    Foluso Adeyemi said:

    Taiwo, What's up! Where have you been hiding? You guys that supposed to keep bifoba rolling just disappeared indefinitely, complaining that bifoba is boring. I'm mad with you guys! Smile lol! You guys should be discussing all the "iso kuso" chats on face book on bifoba too. Thank you my wonderful brother!

    About NEPA "darkness", jeka mu inu won dun di e. You know, we have to make them feel good a little bit now.

    Anyway, it brings a good feeling seeing you guys active again on bifoba.

    And Taiwo, bifoba is expecting you guys in queen's kingdom to donate generously to the "solar project" for the school. We all should be able to get the estimated cost in about three to four months. This is a worthy project to complement the world-class new building at the school. Very, very likely, immediately after the final completion of the new building (in fact, the building itself already completed, and top-class modern equipments are being installed right now) renovations of the old buildings will start and complete clean up of the school will follow, probably with complete fence. But I believe surveying the school land has to be done too. This is my understanding of it. The goal is to make Birch Freeman a top-class high school in Nigeria, and we are getting there one day at a time. I think you should start coordinating you guys there for contributions. We all have to play our role and be part of the renewed efforts. Sorry for the digression, this supposed to be "Match of Embarrassment"
    Taiwo Ogunlaiye said:


    You should be in politics, lol. Up NEPA ko, up NEPA ni......Up Super!


    Foluso Adeyemi said:
    Denji,

    Great! I concede. And of course, we've refreshed our memories on the past of these two great teams, and definitely, we've had very enjoyable, interesting, thought provoking discussions about their fiercest, brutal rivalry: Up Stationery Stores! Up NEPA!

    I always enjoy reading from you - blessings!
  • Foluso,

    Ebi mi, abeg no vex......it is true BIFOBA is boring but it is everyone’s responsibility to brighten it. I thing we can introduce a forum for general discussion, and make it informal as much as we can. I will get back to you on this. This sort discussion will keep people logging on regularly and longer. I may have to discuss some technical aspects with Tunde Lowo.

    I am sure that the UK chapter will take off sooner and later, then we can massive contribute to the solar power project. We will be working on it relentlessly.



    Foluso Adeyemi said:

    Taiwo, What's up! Where have you been hiding? You guys that supposed to keep bifoba rolling just disappeared indefinitely, complaining that bifoba is boring. I'm mad with you guys! Smile lol! You guys should be discussing all the "iso kuso" chats on face book on bifoba too. Thank you my wonderful brother!

    About NEPA "darkness", jeka mu inu won dun di e. You know, we have to make them feel good a little bit now.

    Anyway, it brings a good feeling seeing you guys active again on bifoba.

    And Taiwo, bifoba is expecting you guys in queen's kingdom to donate generously to the "solar project" for the school. We all should be able to get the estimated cost in about three to four months. This is a worthy project to complement the world-class new building at the school. Very, very likely, immediately after the final completion of the new building (in fact, the building itself already completed, and top-class modern equipments are being installed right now) renovations of the old buildings will start and complete clean up of the school will follow, probably with complete fence. But I believe surveying the school land has to be done too. This is my understanding of it. The goal is to make Birch Freeman a top-class high school in Nigeria, and we are getting there one day at a time. I think you should start coordinating you guys there for contributions. We all have to play our role and be part of the renewed efforts. Sorry for the digression, this supposed to be "Match of Embarrassment"
    Taiwo Ogunlaiye said:


    You should be in politics, lol. Up NEPA ko, up NEPA ni......Up Super!


    Foluso Adeyemi said:
    Denji,

    Great! I concede. And of course, we've refreshed our memories on the past of these two great teams, and definitely, we've had very enjoyable, interesting, thought provoking discussions about their fiercest, brutal rivalry: Up Stationery Stores! Up NEPA!

    I always enjoy reading from you - blessings!
  • Taiwo, What's up! Where have you been hiding? You guys that supposed to keep bifoba rolling just disappeared indefinitely, complaining that bifoba is boring. I'm mad with you guys! Smile lol! You guys should be discussing all the "iso kuso" chats on face book on bifoba too. Thank you my wonderful brother!

    About NEPA "darkness", jeka mu inu won dun di e. You know, we have to make them feel good a little bit now.

    Anyway, it brings a good feeling seeing you guys active again on bifoba.

    And Taiwo, bifoba is expecting you guys in queen's kingdom to donate generously to the "solar project" for the school. We all should be able to get the estimated cost in about three to four months. This is a worthy project to complement the world-class new building at the school. Very, very likely, immediately after the final completion of the new building (in fact, the building itself already completed, and top-class modern equipments are being installed right now) renovations of the old buildings will start and complete clean up of the school will follow, probably with complete fence. But I believe surveying the school land has to be done too. This is my understanding of it. The goal is to make Birch Freeman a top-class high school in Nigeria, and we are getting there one day at a time. I think you should start coordinating you guys there for contributions. We all have to play our role and be part of the renewed efforts. Sorry for the digression, this supposed to be "Match of Embarrassment"
    Taiwo Ogunlaiye said:


    You should be in politics, lol. Up NEPA ko, up NEPA ni......Up Super!


    Foluso Adeyemi said:
    Denji,

    Great! I concede. And of course, we've refreshed our memories on the past of these two great teams, and definitely, we've had very enjoyable, interesting, thought provoking discussions about their fiercest, brutal rivalry: Up Stationery Stores! Up NEPA!

    I always enjoy reading from you - blessings!

  • You should be in politics, lol. Up NEPA ko, up NEPA ni......Up Super!


    Foluso Adeyemi said:
    Denji,

    Great! I concede. And of course, we've refreshed our memories on the past of these two great teams, and definitely, we've had very enjoyable, interesting, thought provoking discussions about their fiercest, brutal rivalry: Up Stationery Stores! Up NEPA!

    I always enjoy reading from you - blessings!
  • Denji,

    Great! I concede. And of course, we've refreshed our memories on the past of these two great teams, and definitely, we've had very enjoyable, interesting, thought provoking discussions about their fiercest, brutal rivalry: Up Stationery Stores! Up NEPA!

    I always enjoy reading from you - blessings!
  • Hi Folusho,
    Just got the mssg about my reply not coming up.
    Actually what I posted was the fact that it is not debatable that Haruna Ilerika and yakubu Mambo were Stores players at the time of the games as they never played for NEPA. However, Sanni Mohammed was at that time the midfield general of NEPA whilst World 2 Tony Igwe was the Skipper of the team. Like I mentioned earlier, they defected to NEPA along with Peter Fregene and Peter Anieke after the death Stores' founder, Late Israel Adebajo and they never went back. Peter Anieke and Peter Fregene later coached NEPA, but I understand Sanni Mohammed is now back in Ghana.
    You were right about the team and the nos are
    1. Emma Okala [eyo essien]
    2. tony igwe
    3. sylvester egborge [morton owolo]
    4. sanni mohammed [nwabueze nwankwo]
    5. victor oduah [tony 'long throw' ottah
    6. dominic ezeani [harrison mecha]
    7. sunny oyarekhua [gideon njoku]
    8. kenneth olayombo
    9. haruna ilerika [mathias obianika]
    10. yakubu mambo
    11. josiah dombraye
    Emma okala was injured after 10 minutes in the final against Guinea and Eyo Essien[calabar tigers] replaced him. I also put some reserves whom I could recollect in bracket. The team was actually very solid and cut accross the various clubs viz ACB, Police, Army, Bendel Ins, Rangers, Sharks, Stores and Nepa.
    Its always good to hear from you too and how I wish other people would throw in a line or two as well. How about starting something with that great Birch freeman team of 73/74 of which we played a 3-3 draw with Finbarrs who had to come from behind after we led 3-1 up until the final minutes. I remember Stylo scoring a cracker from the tight-angled right wing, Oyobio and Kester[Udeme] caused Finbarrs defence problems all night.
    Take care bruv and hope to hear from you soon!


    denji okuyiga said:


    denji okuyiga said:


    Foluso Adeyemi said:
    Denji,

    For 1973 "2nd All-African Games", Haruna Ilerika, Yakubu Mambo, and Sanni Mohammed, I repeat, were all Stationery Stores players - guaranteed, no argument about it. You are right about Tony Igwe. Try and find out about Sanni Mohammed and let me know.

    Yell at you again!


  • denji okuyiga said:


    Foluso Adeyemi said:
    Denji,

    For 1973 "2nd All-African Games", Haruna Ilerika, Yakubu Mambo, and Sanni Mohammed, I repeat, were all Stationery Stores players - guaranteed, no argument about it. You are right about Tony Igwe. Try and find out about Sanni Mohammed and let me know.

    Yell at you again!


  • Foluso Adeyemi said:
    Denji,

    For 1973 "2nd All-African Games", Haruna Ilerika, Yakubu Mambo, and Sanni Mohammed, I repeat, were all Stationery Stores players - guaranteed, no argument about it. You are right about Tony Igwe. Try and find out about Sanni Mohammed and let me know.

    Yell at you again!
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