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Football tragedy not yet over — Beke

By Philips Adefioye
President Umaru Yar’Adua has been advised not to dissolve the Presidential Task Force, PTF, in order to build a formidable Eagles squad towards 2014 World Cup after the country’s 2-2 draw against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia in Abuja.

Felix Beke, former Bayelsa United football club chairman who gave this advice, said that if the President can allow the PTF to continue their job to monitor the national teams, they would raise a better Eagles in the near future..

The former Sharks of Port Harcourt player said that the poor result against Tunisia has exposed  Shaibu Amodu’s incompetence in tinkering the Eagles to either the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola or the World Cup in South Africa if they eventually qualify.

Beke stressed that a good coach should have a pattern to checkmate his opponent while leading in a match, pointing out that the technical impute in the team on September 6 was zero.

Beke fumed that aside the technical crew,  the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Executive Board should resign  and never run for second term next year, stressing that since they assumed office, Nigerian football has experienced set backs in every category of the game.

“I want President Yar’Adua to act now, I don’t see the kind of excuse they want to give this time around after the government pumped in millions of naira to ensure the team’s qualification for the World Cup. They should all be summoned to explain what went wrong with the team.

“The Tunisians played two friendly matches before meeting the Eagles to prepare themselves ahead of the decider while our NFF and Amodu said that there was no need for the team to play any friendly match, thinking that their opponent were coming  to Abuja to count the  goals they will concede.

“NFF should be sacked. As far as I’m concerned, they are a bunch of failures.  Amodu has shown he’s  incapable of being the Head coach of the Eagles. From the blast of the whistle, one could see the fear on his face, no technical strategy. If the Tunisians had come out more, they would have scored more goal.

The players played as if there was nothing as stake, their non challant attitude to the game is very painful. I believed that the fans will not forgive both the players and the so-called NFF,” he said.

Beke argued that the Eagles failure  is not the end of the tragedy the country would face, adding that another one is imminent with  the U_17 World Cup later in October where the NFF has shown through the over-age scam rocking the country because they want to host and win, that they do not deserve to administer the country’s football.

“Why for God sake should we cheat in a competition that we need to develop players who will graduate to the senior national, isn’t it a shame?, he queried.


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