By Tony Ubani
AS Nigerians come to terms with the 2010 World Cup ticket obtained by the Eagles, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, members have begun moves to get a foreign coach for the team. The Eagles against all expectations beat the Harambee Stars of Kenya 3-2 on Saturday while Tunisia surrendered their two points lead after Mozambique beat the North Africans 1-0 to pave way for Nigeria to qualify for their fourth world Cup.
A very dependable source from the Nigeria Football Federation confided in Sports Vanguard that the task ahead of the federation was to get a quality coach who can impact knowledge on the team in the World Cup. â€œWe thank God for His mercies and we thank Amodu for guiding us to the World Cup. The victory against Kenya was by the grace of God. We are still celebrating but we cannot continue like this to the World Cup. Weâ€™re going to put heads together to know our next line of action.
Certainly, we need a change of technical guards for the Eaglesâ€, our source said. And our man, John Egbokhan, who travelled with the Eagles to Kenya also quotes members of the Presidential Task Force as saying that Amodu has no business remaining as Eagles coach.
â€œThat we are at the World Cup is not because of Amodu but because of Godâ€™s mercies for us. I do not want to remember our performance in the match against Kenya because the coach almost ruined us. But God saved us and we thank him for using the players to salvage our great countryâ€, said the enraged PTF official.
And yet another key football administrator said that the NFF would take decisive action to ensure that the Eagles get the right technical head that would manage the team as they proceed to the Nations Cup and the World Cup.
â€œThe first mission has been achieved and we thank God for that but we must address the technical crew problem because that side needs serious and urgent overhaulingâ€, he said.
Another member of the NFF said, â€œItâ€™s clear that we did not have a coach in the match against Kenya. There was no technical input from the coach, which showed in the players because the Kenyans were better than us in the first half.
Some of the players used by Amodu had no business playing that match and I wonder what this man wanted to achieve with his formationâ€, said one member of the NFF, who said that he was on the edge of his seat because of the disjointed play of the Eagles in the game.