The World Cup From Two Perspectives

 
Image Courtesy:  Fauzan Saari

Image Courtesy: Fauzan Saari

I was brought up with the beautiful game in my home country Nigeria πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ and have been watching the World Cup fairly religiously since the 1998 edition was held in France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·. To me and many Nigerians, the World Cup is more than a footy competition, it's a ritual, it's culture. 

Everyone's on it, fully immersed in the competition, even when the national team doesn't qualify. The vibe is obviously much more positive the times we have qualified (1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2018). 

For Nigeria 

The World Cup this year presents another opportunity for us to hopefully beat the group stage and shoot for the deeper knockout rounds like the Quarter-Finals (we can do this!).

It's a tricky group but getting out is possible with the right tactics & system. 

For Canada

Oh Canada... The only ever appearance at a World Cup was in 1986. That's a very long time ago! However, one of the most beautiful aspects of Canada is its diversity in terms of nationalities, so I'm sure there'll be sub communities of footy fans rooting for their respective "other" nations. 

There's a big opportunity to take notes and learn from the underdogs at this summer's competition. From this, I hope we'll be able to get a clear strategy on how we can put together a strong team & system on the road to 2022 in Qatar.