Apostle Tommy Yisa Aika, the Primate and Founder of the Glory Church of Christ, Egor, in the outskirts of Benin, does not mince words whenever he has a spiritual message to deliver.
The septuagenarian is best known for his string of predictions about matches involving the Nigeria national soccer squad, the Super Eagles. In this interview with Taofeek Lawal, he spoke among others things his long-drawn battle with the country’s football administrators.
Congratulations on Super Eagles qualification for Russia 2018 World Cup
On the surface, the glory for this achievement should be shared by all patriotic Nigerians. But if we make a deeper assessment of it all we will extend more gratitude to some people than the others. Without sounding immodest I should be one of the people given such a special consideration.
Can you expatiate sir?
Well, the issue of the Super Eagles qualification for the 2018 World Cup is a miracle. You will recall that when the Africa World Cup qualifying groups were announced, and Nigeria was placed in the same group with Cameroun, Algeria and Zambia not many gave us a chance. The reason is that all our opponents in the group were rated higher than us in the football world. For instance, Cameroon by the fact that they just won the African Nations Cup trophy were considered as our superiors. Algeria as at that time were tagged as the best team in Africa by FIFA ranking. Zambia were also highly rated especially coming from the fact that their youth team (under 20), from which the senior squad derive majority of its players, are one of the best in the world.
Can we ask how the Eagles surmounted all these odds and secure the qualification ticket?
It was by the divine grace of God that they qualified. I and my prayer team immediately went into action doing marathon prayer and fasting even before the commencement of the matches. If you recall that in their first match away to Zambia the Super Eagles triumphed by 2 goals to 1 against all predictions to the contrary.
But analysts asserted that the employment of Gernot Rohr, a foreign coach played a key role in the change of fortune for the Super Eagles.
Let such people continue to wallow in their ignorance about spiritual matters. In fact, his employment is against God’s pronouncement that a white man cannot lead the Super Eagles to lift the world cup. This message has been passed to our football administrators for several years, but they remain adamant. If you recall that in the match against the Zambians in Uyo despite the wobbling and fumbling by the Super Eagles, they were able to scale through with a match to spare. You will recall that the Zambians even scored a goal that the referee disallowed. All these were made possible because of intensive prayers and marathon fasting by me and my prayer warriors.
Is it only result of football matches that you predict?
I don’t predict the result of football matches. I only focus my prayers on success for the Super Eagles. I have been doing that for more than 17 years now. I also do healings for those with spiritual problems and infirmity. My association with the Super Eagles and the country’s football administrators started in 2002 when Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations told Nigerians to forget about qualification for that year’s edition of the World Cup. That night God revealed to me to go and read Amos 3 verse 7 which says that God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servant who’s a prophet. The following night I had another vision where God told me to read the book of Luke 1 verse 32 – 37. Then Luke chapter 19 verse 10. This gave me the authority to write to the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) as the football body was then known to demand for US $15,000 to commence prayer sessions that will make my prediction that we’ll qualify for the Mundial come to reality. The officials of the FA gave me the go-ahead to do the special prayers. There were three matches left for the Super Eagles to qualify. We qualified with Coach Shuaibu Amodu in charge of the team.
But after the qualification the football administrators disobeyed God. They dumped Amodu for Coach Festus Onigbinde. That was how we played woefully at the 2002 World Cup finals. From that period to 2009 I had nothing to do with the team. I came back in September 2009 when I predicted that despite our dismal performance we were going to qualify for the 2010 with two matches remaining and that God has made it known to me that Nigeria will be the first country in Africa to lift the trophy. Not long after that the late President Umaru Yar’Adua set up a Presidential Task Force (PTF) headed by the then Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi with the assignment of making sure that we qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The players condemned their coach saying that they have no confidence in him. We were able to qualify for the tournament. Unfortunately, despite my prophesy that we can only win the World Cup with indigenous coaches the NFF employed a foreign coach to handle the team and this affected our performance.
You must by now be swimming in monetary reward from the government via the football authorities.
Funny enough, that has not been the case as they keep tossing me about and refusing to keep their promises. I have written several petitions to the Presidency, DSS and the Senate President but none has yielded any positive response.
How do you fancy the Super Eagles’ chances of winning the 2018 World Cup?
God has said that Nigeria is destined to be the first African country to win the World Cup but with a foreigner leading the team to the tournament in defiance against God’s commandment we will end up doing badly. I learnt that the foreign coach has been paid five months’ salary upfront and that his contract has been extended by two years even before we can use the performance of the Super Eagles in Russia to assess him. That’s absurd and it’s a scheme designed to benefit the pecuniary needs of our football administrators.
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