BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
The voice of Apostle Prophet Tommy Yisa Aika, Primate and Founder of Glory Church of Christ, Egor, Edo State, seems to be a lone one in the wilderness as regards the demerit of engaging the services of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Apostle Aika’s campaign against the services of a foreign coach for the Nigeria national team started as far back as April 2001.
Going down memory lane, the septuagenarian reminiscences that “When sometime in April 2001, a renowned Prophet of God (Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations) told Nigerians to forget about qualifying for the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup, the Lord of Hosts sent me with a message of hope to the then Nigeria Football Association(NFA) board that the Super Eagles will not only qualify for the tournament but would shake the world.
“Though with a condition attached that we can only achieve that by engaging an indigenous coach to handle the team.
“I then put forward a proposal to the board about engaging in a special prayer session as ordered by God. I told them that the intensive prayer session will involve me and seven other prayer warriors and it will require some spiritual materials worth at least N48,000 plus $15,000 as bonus if we eventually scale through.
“The Super Eagles qualified for the mundial but the NFA board refused to appreciate my efforts or even provide the money for the spiritual materials as I proposed.
“Not only that they employed a foreigner to handle the team a move that is against God’s pronouncement. Nigeria ended up performing dismally at the mundial.”
Apostle Aika disclosed that since then he has experienced different shades of denial and disappointments from the nation’s football authorities.
He recalled vividly that the Super Eagles qualification for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa was doubtful to the extent that the players complained about the competence of their coach, Shaibu Amodu.
“The President Umaru Yaradua had to set up a Presidential Task Force(PTF) led by the then Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, to ensure the team qualified.
“In an open letter I wrote to the NFF board I assured that despite the odds against the Super Eagles its chances of qualifying are bright with prayers, fasting and obeying God’s directives.
“Of course, we did qualified but as it’s usual with the football authorities I was not given any recognition for my effort.”
On the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Apostle Aika said that he has played his part in accordance with the message from God. But that in its characteristic nonchalance the NFF has been adamant.
“The message I received is that whoever flout God’s directives or refuse to play his assigned role in the scheme of things will be visited with dire consequence which may include death.
“He who have ears let him hear the words of the saints,” he enthused.
Apostle Aika stated that he has written petitions to the Directorate of State Services(DSS) and even the Presidency and the Senate President for their intervention to resolve the issue to no avail.
“Nobody seems to want to intervene in the issue so that I get compensated for my services to the Super Eagles (which has run into millions of naira) and to ensure that God’s directive is adhered to so that we can be the first African country to win the World Cup.”
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN