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Gunners Style Makes Football Attractive, Say Muogbo

Posted: Oct 3, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uzor Odigbo


Most women easily relate to sports like handball, Netball, Track&field and others, but for the New Estate Baptist school head mistress Madam Nchedo Muogbo, passion for sports activity comes naturally and she excelled in it alongside education.

In a recent chat, Madam Muogbo expressed her passion for football and noted that she watches soccer like the male folks. But, when it comes to the club she supports, her eyes glowed in excitement as she announced her support for Arsenal football club of London (The Gunners).

“I support Arsenal. I became a fan when Kanu Nwankwo started playing for the club in 1999. Arsenal’s style of football is naturally beautiful and watching the team play makes football more exciting.”

She however regretted the exit of Nwankwo from the club she so cherished following the quality of football therein.

“I almost quit Arsenal fan club when Kanu left, but the sight of beautiful football encouraged me to still remain a fan.”

Madam Muogbo advised that football in Africa should be organized like the European leagues, “I don’t like the way soccer is played in Africa and especially in Nigeria. Football is not well administered here, that is the reason no one goes to watch matches at the stadium these days. In Europe, the stands are filled with fans who enjoy good football, if football as it’s played in Europe is not interesting, people won’t pay so much to watch it. The same should be done in Africa.”

As school head mistress, Muogbo noted that she’s in the habit of encouraging young talents hoping that one day, they would grow with it and excel as Kanu, Okocha and others did in their various sports endeavours.

“In my days I was into track&field and I did well and today, I’m helping lots of talented kids in that area. The essence of organizing annual inter-house sports for school children is to encourage them in choosing between two good options, Education or Sports.”

She also alluded to the fact that her passion for Arsenal stemmed from the grassroots programme of the club.

“You will notice that Arsenal don’t go looking for big players, the club plucks players while they were in football academies and transform them into big players of repute.”

Inter-house sports she said, should be an event where talents are showcased and tapped but nowadays, it has turned into other things than hurting ground for talents discovery.

She added that at New Estate Baptist School, Children are taught how to combine sports, faith and education for the benefit of later days. Most people acquire good education in their tender years but when they grow up, you see them delving into other things which is mutual beneficial. Children trained in diverse positive ways never struggle in life.

Madam Muogbo however encouraged parents to learn to discover talents inherent in their children for early discovery. According to her, it would make them useful to their parents and society.

The history of Arsenal Football Club between 1886 and 1966 covers the time from the club’s foundation, through the first two major periods of success (the 1930s, and the late 1940s and early 1950s, respectively) and the club’s subsequent decline to mid-table status in the 1960s.

Arsenal Football Club was founded in 1886 as a munition workers’ team from Woolwich, then in Kent, now southeast London. They turned professional in 1891 and joined The Football League two years later. They were promoted to the First Division in 1904 but financial problems meant they were close to bankruptcy by 1910. They were bought out by Sir Henry Norris that year and to improve the club’s financial standing, he moved the team to Arsenal Stadium, Highbury, north London in 1913. After the First World War he arranged for the club’s promotion back to the First Division, in controversial circumstances.

It was not until the appointment of Herbert Chapman in 1925 that Arsenal had their first period of major success; Chapman modernised and reformed the club’s practices and tactics, and under him and his successor George Allison (who took over after Chapman’s death in January 1934), Arsenal won five First Division titles and two FA Cups in the 1930s. After the Second World War, Tom Whittaker continued the success, leading the club to two First Division titles and an FA Cup. After Whittaker’s death Arsenal’s fortunes gradually declined; by 1966, they were in mid-table obscurity and had not won a trophy in thirteen years. This led to the dismissal of Billy Wright as manager in 1966, and with it the appointment of Bertie Mee, who would go on to turn around the club’s fortunes.