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Should Okocha Come Back to The Eagles? Journalists give verdict

ADE OJEIKERE:    What is Okocha coming back to do in the Eagles? That amounts to killing  our football nursery. It’s a shame that at a time that international coaches are  searching for very young players what we have in the Eagles are old players. And I ask, how old was Pele, Owen, Rooney when they played in their first World Cup?

It is not out of lack of talents in Nigeria to get young players but because we do not have good coaches who can introduce young players into the fray. Berti Vogts even though he was a failure introduced the Uche brothers. Amodu should give us young players. As for Okocha, he should aspire to become NFF President.

BEN MEMULETIWON: I support Okocha to come back and play friendly or novelty matches. He is a crowd puller. But I say no to his coming back to the Eagles. We failed with Christian Chuwku when he came back. We should not turn back the hands of time. We have talented midfielders who can step into the shoes of Okocha. Players like Haruna Lukman, Rabiu Ibrahim. They are good midfielders. It is left for the coaches to do their own job but unfortunately, they want already-made materials.

ADEKUNLE SALAMI: My position is simple. We have two other players whose positions in the Eagles are yet to be filled. They are Sunday Oliseh and Emmanuel Amuneke. We are yet to see players like them. Unless people want them to join Okocha, and Siasia to come back. Late Coach Tella produced young talented players and Samson Siasia is doing same. It is a sad commentary on the part of our coaches not to produce quality players.

EMEKA ENECHI: It shows our coaches are lazy and not putting enough effort in coaching our team. It never occurred to us to look for replacements even when these players were aging.  We have 101 Okochas , eligible good players who are  determined like Rafia Ibrahim and so on. We have young player who can take us to the world cup. We don’t  lack talents in Nigeria, it’s the coaches who are not performing theirs duties to the team.

CHRISTIAN OKPARA: We have never lacked playmakers in the Nigerian squad. Look at Henry Nwosu, Sam Okparaji, Etim Esin, Moses Kpakor. They were outstanding players but the problem is that of the coaches. If they look deep, they will see another Okocha. Not to bring back the one who has retired.


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