Seventeen years ago, I was a great fan of the Super Eagles. A greater percentage of the players were disciplined and played their hearts out from start to finish of every game. Even when we lost matches, it was either because the opponents were better or the officiating was poor.
Over 10 years ago, I stopped following matches involving Nigeria actively because all it did was raise my hopes and set me down again. What are the problems? Coaches not knowing their players' strong and weak points… Players not being disciplined enough to hustle for the ball… Overjubilation and short attention span… Lack of focus… Lack of cohesion…
Analyze the fortunes of our teams a bit and I think you'll probably find the same problems that lead to abandoned projects, duplication of efforts and lost productivity in the nation as a whole.
What do we need to do?
Believe in ourselves.
Take our work seriously.
Have a focus (goal) and stick doggedly to it (as long as it still remains viable!)
Collaborate with people of like minds.
Constantly revise and review our progress even before we're called out for inspection.
Trust in God (as we already do now).