Mpumalanga school inspired by Super Eagles
The Afcon 2013 exploits of the Super Eagles have left indelible marks not just on the field of play but also in the minds of school children at Valencia high school in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga where Nigeria played alongside Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.
The Statistician General of Statistics South Africa, Pali Lehohla recalls the visist of the Super Eagles to the high school. Lehohla told supersport.com that
“ On the day we ran a clinic on the soccer pitch that showed that through soccer you can understand mathematics better in terms of shapes, and understand statistics better by recording and analyzing performance of on individual soccer exercises.
" The Nigerian team and assistant coach appreciated the exercise and participated in it as well. in their remarks the captain encouraged the pupils and said that they also as young stars aspired to learn and play and the integration of playing as a learning tool is a very innovative approach that StatsSA has adopted. They generously supplied us with soccer balls with autographs to the schools and to StatsSA, one of which is kept as a memorabilia by my office. They also engaged the kids with autographs signed . "
All the teams in the Group C were approached to participate in the programme and only the Nigerians made time for the kids and Lehohla took note:
"We appreciate the time the Nigerian stars, the Super Eagles took to visit both StatsSA and Valencia high school because their gesture will consolidate our vision that deeper learning can take root through playing and the soccer for statistics programme is the way to enter pupils mind to learn both mathematics and statistics. "
He added a funny twist when he drew from his knowledge of some Nigerian culture:
"We poured libation although there was no kola to break unfortunately. We said victory to either Bafana or the Super Eagles. So we take it the visit to Valencia school with StatsSA was a very positive omen for the Super Eagles. We wish them well tomorrow."