By Jacob Ajom
Former Coach of defunct ACB Football Club of Lagos, Chief Gideon Njoku has said that Argentina cannot scuttle Nigeriaâ€™s World Cup dream in South Africa.
Reacting to the draw held Friday in Cape Town, South Africa which pitched the South American giants with Nigeria, South Korea and Greece, Coach Njoku said, â€œa lot of people are afraid of Argentina, but I am not.
I am confident we will beat them because they donâ€™t have a coach. They only have a former football star who sits on the bench as coach and their defense is very poor They should not scare us.â€
Coach Njoku said to nail Argentina, coach Amodu Shuaibu must find a way of snuffing life from the Argies by rendering Lionel Messi immobile.
â€œIf I were Amodu I would train two players specifically for Messi. I would instruct them to go wherever he goes; even to the toilet. I will tell them not to give him any breathing space ,â€ he said.
Njoku said the teams to fear in Nigeriaâ€™s group should be Greece and South Korea. â€œYes, this is because they are regarded as Dark Horses,â€ he remarked, adding that â€œGreece have a very good team and some very good players.
For Korea, I think they are just out to make a name for themselves. In 2002, they got to the semi final because they were co-hosts. I donâ€™t see them progressing that far this time around.â€
Njoku took a look at the Nigerian team and advised that the players need to buckle up before the Mundial.
â€œYobo, to me is suspect. Mikel should be more patriotic while Osaze should stop taking free kicks because he is not very good at set pieces.â€
On Nwankwo Kanu, chief Njoku said the head coach must draw up a plan that would see Kanu become more useful to the team. â€œIf they want to use him like Cameroun used Roger Milla in 1990 World Cup they do so. Kanu should not be made to sit on the bench like a technical official.His continuous stay on the bench is robbing other younger players of the opportunity to prove themselves.â€
The former sweat merchant declared his support for Coach Amodu Shuaibu but recommended that the technical crew should be fortified with experienced local coaches.
â€œI see nothing wrong with Amodu. What I feel could be done is to fortify the technical crew with experienced local coaches. At times watching Amodu on the bench you would think he is in a trance so you need someone who is experienced to bring him back to life once he is that state. But he has to be assured that nobody is taking over his jobâ€.