By Kate Obodo
Following the statementÂ made by the former Green Eagles winger Adokie Amiesimaka urging the Presidency and Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to persuadeÂ former Super EaglesÂ Â midfielder Austin Okocha to return to active football, ex-International and former Rangers coach Sylvanus Okpala says only the Super Eagles handler Shaibu Amodu canÂ determineÂ the return of the former Bolton Wanderers player to the team.
According to him, Okocha returning to active football is entirelyÂ Amoduâ€™s decision. Adding that the chief coach decides who he wants in his team.
â€œOnly Amodu can decide Okochaâ€™sÂ return to the team. This is because the coachÂ Â has the last say concerning that. HeÂ knows the players who canÂ fitÂ into his plans,â€ he said
ReactingÂ to the Super Eaglesâ€™ performance in the last match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, Okpala lauded the coach and team for recording a goalless draw despite the fact that it was not anÂ attractive game.Â He said the result has brought hope that Nigeria may be in South Africa.
However, he urged the Super EaglesÂ coach to focusÂ more on African sidesÂ rather than European teams forÂ friendly matches as it would go a long way to prepare the team.