By Jacob Ajom
After a careful evaluation of Nigeriaâ€™s campaign in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cup qualifying series, FIFA and CAF executive committees member, Dr. Amos Adamu, has suggested that the technical crew of the national team could be reinforced with sound technical hands that can assist coach Shaibu Amodu achieve results at both tournaments.
He said Amodu himself should be the one making the move to engage somebody to help.
Speaking with Nigerian journalists in Lome, capital of Togo, at the weekend, the former Director-General of the National Sports Commission said it was incumbent on Amodu to succeed and so he should be atÂ liberty to go for whoever could give him the necessary assistance to succeed.
Dr. Adamu pointed out that after qualifying Nigeria for the USA â€˜94 World Cup, coach Clemens Westerhof did not need anybody to tell him about the enormity of the task he had on hand when he hired Jo Bonfrere as a fitness trainer which he was at the time.
â€œWesterhof did it, Adamu said, adding, â€œeven Siasia did it when he hired Kalika, a Dutch coach to assist him at the World Youth championships in Holland and Egypt.
â€œIf you are going to any competition, you must go with your best if you want to succeed.
Amodu should do whatever he can to put up good showing in Angola because that will be his litmus test. He can bring in whoever he thinks can be ofÂ help to him to achieve result.â€
He also suggested that the entire team need overhauling, advising the coach to look for ways he can improve the squad.
â€œHe should not say because this player or that helped us qualify for the World Cup so he must be in the squad. What if such aplayer is injured or has lost form?
Dr. Adamu, however, called on Nigerians not to put undue pressure on AmoduÂ but should suggest ways on how the coach can pilot the team to successful campaigns at both the African Cup of Nations and the World Cup in South Africa.
Dr. Adamu said he was alarmed at the degree of criticisms that have trailed Amoduâ€™s successful campaign in the qualifiers, particularly, mounting calls for his sack.
â€œItâ€™s really baffling that people are calling for his replacement after he has qualified the country for the World Cup without losing a match. What did they expect of him. Did they want him to fail?â€
Appealing for a rethink, the President of the West African Football Union counseled Nigerians to rather channel their energies on how to assist the coach succeed at the twin tournaments instead of putting undue pressure on him.
â€œAs it is now, I doubt if the coach can concentrate on his duties. Amodu needs contributions from all on how to succeed, and not undue criticisms that can make him derail,â€ Adamu reasoned, adding that the Angola and South Africa 2010 projects are national duties that require all hands to be on deck.