By Onochie Anibeze
Coach Amodu Shuaibu appears to be learning fast.While the Presidential Task Force on the World Cup plans to hire a foreign coach for the World Cup if he fails at the Nations Cup in Angola, the head coach of the Eagles has a strong plan to nip their plan in the bud.
He hopes to do that by buying the suggestion of this reporter to engage somebody who can help him and thereby stop the Task Force from employing somebody who may be placed above him.
This reporter had suggested that Amodu be promoted and be assigned the role of team manager or even technical adviser but insisted that a fresh hand was needed to add life to the training of the Eagles to the World Cup. Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia and Sylvanus Okpala were suggested.
We can authoritatively report today that Amodu has keyed into the Keshi option and after the Nations Cup, he may invite the Mali national team coach to join him to the World Cup. Keshi will be free after the Nations Cup although there are offers for him from two other countries at the moment.
â€œAmodu has been reading and weighing options that may help him present a good team at the World Cup,â€ one football federation source said this week.
â€œHe says it will be fine if Keshi can join him to prepare the team to the World Cup. He has Keshi in mind and if the football federation okays that then he will open talks with Keshi,â€ the source said but also revealed that another person who mayÂ also be considered is the coach of Zambiaâ€™s national team,Â Harve Renard, a French.
â€œHarve is a young enterprising coach who may be asked to assist in certain areas Amodu himself may spell out. He may be engaged just for the World Cup and may return to his job after the World Cup. Amodu will be the one engaging him and the federation will assist in funding his remuneration. That way, the clamour for a foreign coach will stop as we would have engaged one but in a special and conducive way that will not bring in acrimony.â€
But the strong source said that if the federation accepts to work with Keshi, Amodu may not go for the foreign coach to assist him.
â€œHe worked with Keshi before and they worked well. Amodu would really want to work with Keshi but letâ€™s see how it plays out.â€
He meant the Nations Cup in Angola. If the Eagles coast to the final, there may not be pressure for the federation to engage any assistance for Amodu and the current technical crew will be in tact on their way to the World Cup in South Africa, the first to be held in Africa. Again, he also meant the acceptability of Keshi by the federation.
Keshi Amodu and Joe Erico qualified Nigeria for the Korea Japan World Cup but they were disengaged by the sports ministry at the time.
Adding Siasia to the crew was clearly ruled out. Why? Stay with us for your current best in sports reporting.