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A Show of Shame – Essay by : 12:00 am On February 21, 2017

WAEC 1992 ENGLISH THEORY QUESTION
1. Your school was tipped to win the final match of the inter-school football competition for secondary schools in your state, but unfortunately you lost to the underdog. Write an article for publication in your school magazine on that match, explaining why your school lost and lessons to be learnt.

Sample Answer

We have never had it so bad in the history of football competition among the colleges in Lagos State. How are the mighty fallen before the lilliputians! Last Sunday will go into the college annals that the great Rainbow Bombers of St. David Grammar School were subdued by the unheard of Oba Akran Memorial College from Ojo. The fact that we lost to the beginners college footballers is now a fact of history. It is disturbing that we were subdued by the footballing under-dogs called Oba Akran Babes. What now appears to be an autopsy or postmortem examination of the competition, one should put in black and white the few main reasons or factors why we lost by scoring a single goal and they coasted home with the state trophy. Lessons we all have or ought to have learnt from this shameful performance.

Over-confidence was our major undoing. Because the Oba Akran Babes are beginners, both our school coach and even the footballers neglected adequate coaching and preparations. Our poor display, uncoordinated movement of our players during the match drove the message home that even a brilliant student could fail his exams if he ignored his studies for too long.

Another factor for our shameful performance was last minute dropping from the school team of our few tactical players who had been with the team since the football season started in an attempt to effect discipline against some students for some mysterious offences against the staff and the school. It was glaring what the players hurriedly introduced into the team at the eleventh hour.

There is an element of truth in the rumour that our boys were drugged by the host school. This was done through the separate drinks which the Oba Akran catering department gave our boys on their arrival in the afternoon. Some of our striking players merely managed to play lazily throughout the match.

There was the rumour that some of our opponent school's beautiful girls were unusually 'friendly' to our boys. It was really painful and shameful that the all strong teams were jeering and booing us during the final competition not essentially because we had defeated them but because of the caricature our opponents made of us.

I hope we will henceforth realise the importance of adequate preparations and arming ourselves against all manoeuvres that are not associated with football matches but could nevertheless be employed by the opponent to undo our side.

Adeyemo Peter,
SS 2A.

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