By Tony Ubani
NIGERIA Football Federation, NFF, came out from their hibernation yesterday and declared that they would swim and sink with under-fire coach, Amodu Shuaibu, in the remaining matches of the 2010 World Cup. After the annoying 2-2 draw against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia, many Nigerians had asked for the sack of the Coach. But NFF President, Sani Lulu Abdullahi vowed yesterday to swim and sink with the f
ormer BCC Lions coach because of his limited resources.
â€œI donâ€™t have the resources for the services of a foreign coach. What that means is that Iâ€™ll keep Amodu. I have confidence in him. He is beginning to assert himself on these players. Honestly, they donâ€™t dictate to Amodu. Amodu may have many deficiencies, but that does not make him the worst coach in the universe. Amodu is stubborn because he believes in what he is doingâ€, Lulu who was looking very trim and sober from his usual vibrant self said.
He admonished Nigerians to believe in made-in Nigeria. â€œLetâ€™s believe in made in Nigeria. I believe in it and that is why I am sticking with Amodu. Ghana and Cote dâ€™Ivoire may have foreign coaches, but we should be proud and I have told Amodu he should prove himself that he is the best just as I am the best FA Chairmanâ€, Lulu preached.
Journalists protested and said that since football is the game of the people, and the voice of the people is the voice of God, that Amodu should be sacked. Lulu did not budge. â€œI cannot give what I donâ€™t have. Amodu is it!â€, Lulu emphatically ruled, noting that â€œEagles will still qualifyâ€.