NATIONAL coach Amodu Shuaibu is having a running battle with his employers, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, over the inclusion of more home-based players in his Nations Cup squad. The Eagles gaffer has not hidden his intention to parade an all Europe-based professionals in the Orange African Nations Cup in Angola next month.
But very reliable sources said that Federation President, Sani Lulu Abdullahi is vehemently opposed to Amoduâ€™s dropping of the home-based players. â€œLulu said that Amodu should have more players of Nigerian League in the national squadâ€, our source said.
We gathered that Amodu after much pressure agreed to include only one,
Chibuzor Okonkwo who has been part of the team.
We learnt that Amoduâ€™s defence of not taking more players from the league to the Nations Cup is hinged on the fact that there was no time for experiment. â€œHe told that time was not on his side to experiment on new players.
That is why he wants to cling on to the established playersâ€.
We will take one match at a time, Coach Akpokona
One time Super Eagles assistant coach now Technical Adviser of glo premier league top club side Warri Wolves Football Club of Warri Lawrence Akpokona has said his team will take on each team as they come without under-rating any one of them in Confederations Cup Competition, but with the ambition of emerging winners of the CAF Confederations Cup competition.
Coach Akpokona made this disclosure while reacting to the draws in the 2010 CAF Confederations Cup competition which drew Warri Wolves against Athletico Olympic Football Club of Burundi in the first round fixed for the 26th to 28th of February 2010.
According to the Warri Wolves handler his team respects every team in the competition but is not afraid of any one of them as he has a crop of quality players who can match any team in the continent.
Speaking further Coach Akpokona who briefly handled Ocean Boys Football Club of Yenagoa in this yearâ€™s edition of the competition disclosed that the experience of players like goal keeper Ambrose Vanzenkin, defensive midfielder Richard Eromoigbe, Omonigho Temile, Eddy Fego Ogude amongst others is enough to give him confidence of a good outing.
Commending the administration of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan who through the Delta State Sports Commission under Mr. Amaju Pinnick has provided Warri Wolves all it needs to excel in the various competition they have entered Coach Akpokona said bearing injury challenges Deltans in particular and Nigerians in general should put their trust in the team.
Coach Akpokona added that another major boost for the team is the fact that they will be making a return to the Warri City Stadium after about 3 years of playing their league games at the Oleh Township Stadium and this return will give the players the vive to go their all as they will now be truly playing in frint of their home fans.
Warri Wolves is presently 3rd in the 9 week old Nigerian premier league adjudged to be the best in Africa .