By Tony Ubani
FORMER African Footballer and Ghanaian pride, Abedi Ayew Pele yesterday faulted Eagles Coach Amodu Shuaibu for making Kanu Nwankwo â€˜a non-playing captainâ€™ at the expense of exposing a young player to the Nations Cup.
â€œThe decision of bringing Kanu and keeping him on the bench is a wrong one. It deprived younger players from being exposed at the highest level of football in Africa. Young players hold the key to the future. Even if a young player comes without playing a match, he would be richer for it.
That is the norm everywhere but Kanuâ€™s presence denied the young ones from coming to Angolaâ€, Pele said.
The Eagles finally crashed yesterday to the youthful team of Black Stars who pipped them 1-0 and consigned them for yet another battle for â€˜golden bronzeâ€™ that Nigerians are tired of.
And back home, opinions are divided as many disappointed fans call for the sack of Amodu Shuaibu while others said that members of the Nigeria Football Federation should resign to give Nigerian football a new lease.
â€œThey should leave Amodu alone. He has not committed any offence. Has Zambia, Cameroun, Angola sacked their coach? There is no foreign coach that can stay in Nigeria.
Its either they are owed to the point that they will run away. The truth is that Nigeria cannot qualify for the second round in the World Cup with a black, white or Green Coach. We are going for a jamboree in South Africa. Are we going to beat Argentina, South Korea or Greece? It is good that we have lost.
Victory in the Nations Cup would have allowed the fast fingers in Nigerian sports to cover all their misdeed .
Now, we can ask questions about money embezzled during the U-17 World cup in Nigeria, the missing $236,000, the TV equipment that was paid for and was not supplied. It is a good thing we lostâ€, Martins Osaile popularly called Don King in Nigeria said on our hotline moments after the game.