By Ben Efe
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) technical committee chairman, Taiwo Ogunjobi, said that the speculations surrounding Eagles coach Shaibu Amodu has unsettled the team ahead of their game against Mozambique.
â€œWe only have hours to our match against Mozambique. We cannot afford to lose this match and instead what we have is a big distraction, which is very ill-timed.
â€œThe players are all worried about what they are hearing now. We only have to see how we can assure them that all is well.â€
Ogunjobi argued that it was impossible to sack the coach in the middle of the tournament. He added that he was not aware of any directive from the presidency to sack Amodu.
â€œThe NFF are not aware of any presidential order to sack Amodu.
â€œAmodu is still in charge of the team. He will lead the team against Mozambique on Wednesday.â€
Nigeria are second in Group C behind leaders Egypt with three points from two matches, but must avoid defeat against the Mambas of Mozambique to progress to the quarter-final of Angola 2010.
The NFF gave Amodu the target of reaching the semi-final or forget his ambition of leading the Eagles to the World Cup. Amodu had a bad start with a 3-1 loss to Egypt and slim 1-0 win against Benin, this has heightened agitition for his removal.
It was gathered that NFF officials have discussed with Mozambique coach, Mart Nooij, about the top Nigeria coaching post, while another coach linked with the job, Claude Le Roy, formerly of Ghana, watched the Eagles two matches against Egypt and Benin.