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As several Nigerians continue to express theirdisappointment at the dismal performance of Team Nigeria at the just concludedLondon 2012 Olympics, a wide range ofentertainers who described the outing as disappointing and poor are showingtheir grievances on the team and government.

They attributed the failure of Team Nigeria to Jonathan's inept and visionlessleadership, which is evident in every facet of our national lives. They alsocalled on government at all levels to stop wasting tax payers' money onjamborees and frivolities that will end up making the country bankrupt.


Nobody should be disappointed, it only proved to the world that Nigeria is failing in everything or what did youu expect to be the fate of countries that have started training four years ago compared to Nigerians who just started training two months before the event? We shouldn't shout too much. This is what we deserve.


The Olympic spirit is about participation not winning. Team Nigeria failed because the administrators didn't want us to win anything. Otherwise how do you explain the lack of training until ten weeks to the games? They will tell you lack of funds, yet they are building castles in Aso Rock, even civil servants too. Or maybe Boko Haram disrupted their training programmes. Only God will help Nigeria.


When preparation meets opportunity you achieve results. As far as I'm concerned, it was a shameful outing considering the fact that millions of naira if not dollars were budgeted for the preparations ahead of the Olympics. Well I just pray that they'll begin early to prepare for the next one.


I'm of the opinion that we should look at the brighter side of life, because our athletes still outshone other countries. But I also think it's high time we settle for quality rather than politics. The choice of who to represent Nigeria in any international game should be based on professional savvy, rather than on 'who do you know syndrome'.


It's really a shameful thing; we shouldn't have bothered going at all to fool ourselves. You can't expect success if you haven't prepared for it. Lack of motivation by the government is also another reason Nigeria performed badly.


They should stop wasting taxpayers' money. The preparation was nothing to write home about, it was so shoddy. How do you expect a Nigerian athlete to beat Usain Bolt when all the facilities in our stadium are obsolete?


Sports isn't an easy game, but we expected that these people would make us proud. I am also aware how much the government spent on the game. So, it is sad that despite such a huge amount of money being spent, nothing was achieved. It is high time we start taking our sports serious in Nigeria. The entertainment industry is doing well and we expect the same in other areas.

It's all a shame that we couldn't win a medal at the Olympics. It simply shows we are not yet ready to take over Africa. Nigeria as a country is seen as the best in sports and music but the reverse is the case now. How can the giant of Africa perform so poor in the competition? I am not happy about result.

It's obvious we expected too much from the boys and girls but it was clear they couldn't do more than that. We all know the government wasted so much money but what can anybody do about that now? The best we can do now is to begin to prepare the people we have now for the next competition. This is necessary so that they don't mess us up like these ones have done now.

What a shame indeed. We cannot wish to win, we cannot pray to win, we cannot dream to win and we cannot hope to win. You cannot think to win. You cannot win by luck. You must work hard to win. This is what Nigeria needs to do if they're serious about winning. It's very disappointing when I look at the medal counts and Nigerian flag is not among them and you see that of other countries.

In reality we should not expect any medal at all. All our officials and athletes went there to enjoy themselves and they are doing very well and when they come back they will still set committee for themselves to still waste our money. What a funny and sorry case.

The preparations for the Olympics have been particularly shoddy and irresponsible. The so-called Nigerian team to this year's Olympics was ill-prepared. Are we ready to contest for places on the victory podium against the world's best nurtured, best prepared, and best motivated athletes who are products of years of well-organised developmental programmes and international exposure to world class competition?”

As for the Olympics, we need to prepare well next time. Otherwise the same dismal performance will repeat in Brazil! That's if we qualify anyway.

It's really unfortunate and very disappointing. It's shown how unprepared and unserious we are when it comes to sports in Nigeria. That was a very poor outing for Nigeria; I don't know when we would stop living in past glory.

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