By Richard Animam
Former Super Eagles Â Â Â winger Adokie AmiesimaÂ ka has called on the Nigeria Football Federation and the Presidency to prevail on Austin Okocha to return to active soccer, stressing that he is still needed in the Super Eagles.
According to the ex Sharks FC chairman, shouldÂ Nigeria qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Okocha should be persuaded to come out of retirement and play again at the World Cup after which a befitting testimonial can be organised for him. He described the testimonial organised for him as inappropriate.
Adokie believes there is no player yet to fill the vacuum created by Okochaâ€™s absence and therefore the former Bolton Wanderersâ€™ captainÂ should be made to play for the Eagles at the next World Cup.
â€œOkocha should be persuaded to come back. The truth is that he is more useful in the Super Eagles than the Presidential Task Force. All he needs is a good training for six months and he will be fit. Presently, the Super Eagles lack a creative midfielder in the mould of Okocha. The younger midfielders have found the shoes of the ex Bolton captain too big and I think he should quit retirement and play again. The likes of Roger Milla of Cameroon did it, so I donâ€™t think it would be a bad idea for Austin to make a returnâ€, Amiesimaka said.
Meanwhile, a Kano based sports fan, architect Mustapha Zaiya has called on the NFF to strengthen the coaching crew by inviting coach Samson Siasia to the Super Eagles. According to him, both coaches can be made to build a strong team capable of lifting the World Cup in South Africa.
â€œLet us put sentiment and politics aside and build a strong coaching crew by inviting Siasia to the Super Eagles and give them the mandate to build a strong team. I am confident that if they work together, winning the World Cup would be achievableâ€, he said.