By Kate Obodo
Former First ViceÂ Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA board, Richard Nwabufo Obienu has advised against sacking Super Eagles Chief Coach, Shaibu Amodu, saying it is too early, especially coming only a few days after he qualified Nigeria for the 2010 World Cup.
The Enugu based lawyer described as unpatriotic and unrealistic calls by Nigerians for the sacking of the man who just picked the World Cup ticket for the country in Nairobi, Kenya barely a week ago.
He said that rather than call for his sack, Nigerians should be thinking how best to improve the team for the task ahead, particularly the forthcoming Nations Cup in Angola which is just two months away.
â€œIt is rather too early, unfair, unrealistic andÂ bad for anybodyÂ to think ofÂ sacking Amodu.Â We should be congratulating him and proffering solutions on how to improve the team not to start thinking of sacking him.
â€œIf he had failed, that would have been a different thing entirely. Hiring a foreign coach should not be our focus when it comes to developing our football particularly our team. For Godâ€™s sake, we should learn how to appreciate and also fear God. Overall Amoduâ€™s result from the commencement of the World Cup qualifiers has been good with six wins in six matches in the first round, three wins and three draws in the second round.
â€œIf he is sacked, it will be the second time. In 2002, he qualified Nigeria for the World Cup but was not allowed to enjoy the fruit of his labour. After rescuing our 2002 World Cup hopes, he was sacked barely four months to the finals on account of his poor outing at the 2002 Nations Cup in Mali where he lost 2-1 to Senegal in the semi final extra-time before settling for a bronze medal which we considered not too good,â€ he said
He said that rather than sacking him, there should be a total restructuring of the team, adding, â€œAmodu should be compensated for qualifying Nigeria for the World Cup.â€