With a week to theÂ crucial 2010 World Â Â Â Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles and Â Â Â the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Abuja, former chairman of Nigeria Cycling Federation, Reverend (Dr.) Moses Iloh has come out with a shocking declaration that the team is not yet a winning side because of the â€˜unfriendlyâ€™ aura within the team.
The clergyman-cum-sports critic insisted in a dialogue with brilafm.net that, despite the abundance of talents in the Eagles, there appears something fundamentally wrong with the side.
â€œThey are not a winning team. Iâ€™m praying for them, I want my country to win, but that team is not a wining team.
â€œNot that the team is devoid of talents. I think somebody, either the football federation or the technical crew should find out. There is something wrong in that team.
â€œThere is something wrong that someone must go out of his way to find it out. They are not one. Itâ€™s not a team. I suspect that there is some element of unfriendliness,â€ said Iloh.
He went on to hazard what he feels could be the reasons behind the wobbly form of the Eagles, with a warning that disunity among the players could spell doom.
â€œItâ€™s not a team. I suspect that there is some element of unfriendliness. There is something wrong. These guys are talented, but they never blend.
â€œThey are not a wining team. They can break your heart watching them play. So, I think, someone should go and find out why it has been difficult for them to blend,â€ he posited.