AFCON 2019 Diary Fly on the Wall – Day 1

I can’t believe it myself, but I am not in Egypt for the 32nd edition of the African Cup of Nations championship that kicked off last night in Cairo.

I am unable to travel to Egypt because my international passport has been stuck in the US embassy for the past 6 weeks. I submitted it for the renewal of my expired US visa. What used to be a routine one week affair (before the drop-box system was abolished on May 10) has become an agonizingly endless wait that threatens to keep me away entirely from AFCON 2019.

Yet, I have a promise to keep that I made to a growing army of readers of my columns in several social media platforms including the new website, of course, to publish a daily diary of my experiences during the championship. These are bits and pieces of interesting and unusual things around the championship in general, but around the Super Eagles of Nigeria in particular.

The only way I can achieve that objective now without being physically in Egypt would require stretching creativity to the limit and doing the impossible – become a fly on the wall in Egypt. That, will be a very exciting journalistic challenge that may either blow up in my face should anything go wrong, or make me a G should it succeed.

That’s why I am so excited and inviting everyone to join me every day for the next 30 days on my website.

Day 1
Today is Day 1 of my diary but Day 2 of the championship.

To read the Diary you have to visit my official website:

The diary is already uploaded and ready to thrill.

Don’t miss it, every day till the end of AFCON 2019.

Segun Odegbami

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