By Richard Animam
Former NFA Chairman, Ibrahim Galadima has added his voice to the call on former Super Eagles captain Austin Okocha to quit retirement and lace his boots for the Super Eagles once again, if Nigeria picks the 2010 World Cup ticket. Last week, ex-international Adokie Amiesimaka called on the Presidency and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to prevail on Okocha to come out of retirement and assist Nigeria at the World Cup in South Africa. He went on to say, that his call was based on the fact that Nigeria still lacks a creative midfielder, one who can hold the ball and create chances out of the ordinary.
Galadima, says he shares Adokieâ€™s view, stating that for Adokie to have made that call, he meant well for Nigeria. But the former NFA boss added that only Austin Okocha can confirm if he would want to quit retirement to play for the country again at the World Cup.
â€œAmiesimaka is someone who has the pedigree to talk about football in Nigeria. I respect him and share his views and by all means it is a reasonable call. But it also has to do with Austin to confirm if he is in position to play again.
â€œI know he loves Nigeria but it also depends on him being able deliver. We need to find out from him what he feels about it. Okocha knows why he retired from active football and only him can say if he will come back or notâ€, he said.
On the scoreless draw in Rades, Galadima said that game lifted the morale of Nigerians, who now believe that Nigeriaâ€™s flag will be hoisted in South Africa next year, when the world gather for the global event.
â€œIf we had lost, it would have been another thing entirely. But the result in Rades was good. The result kept us in the race to South Africa. But to qualify, we must beat Mozambique, Kenya and Tunisiaâ€, he added.