By Richard Animam
Presidential Task Force member John Fashanu is certainly not happy with Nigeriaâ€™s ouster from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. Fash, as he is fondly called, believes Super Eagles should have done better especially against Ghana in the semi-finals.
As a result, angry Nigerian fans are calling for his sack, with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF which earlier said it was ready to swim or sink with the teamâ€™s coach, Shaibu Amodu also singing a new tune, considering dumping him.
Fashanu has come out to say that Amodu will know his fate next week when the committee sits to look into the prospect of hiring a technical adviser for the team preparatory to the World Cup billed for South Africa.
The former Wimbledon striker who was on CNN, said Amodu goofed when he loaded his team with old and injured players at the Nations Cup, an action that caused him toÂ fail because he did not include younger players in his team like Ghana did.
â€œThe PTF will this week or next look into the Amodu issue. Our failure in Angola is an indication that we are not pro active. We need a team made up of young, talented and hungry players. At the World Cup, we cannot afford to put a poor showâ€, he said.
Despite the thinking of the PTF, Amodu seem not to be perturbed as he looked forward to leading the team to South Africa at the weekend, saying that he still has a subsisting contract with the NFF till after the World Cup in August.
â€œMy contract expires in August 2010. The Africa Cup of Nations has served a good test to sharpen our rough edges. We will check on our deficiencies and look for possible reinforcements,â€ Amodu said.
He defended the 0-1 loss to Ghana thus: â€œWe didnâ€™t lose to a better side, but to a youthful and enterprising team. We were better and we paid for not making the most of our chances. We have scaled over much tougher opponents to reach this far (semi final). In football, goal is power. When you play well and you donâ€™t score, you are bound to lose.â€
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation last week stated that overhauling of the team and its technical crewÂ is inevitable, for better performance at the World Cup and beyond.
â€œWe will take a critical look and make changes to the technical team and the players. The NFF Executive Committee has already directed the technical committee to submit a comprehensive report of the teamâ€™s performance here, in a matter of days.
This report will guide the Executive Committee in making pertinent changes,â€ Taiwo Ogunjobi, Member of NFF Executive Committee and chairman of its Technical Committee said .
Ogunjobi added: â€œThere is also the need to inject fresh legs into the team in order to engender keen competition for places. Our goal is to make necessary changes that will lead us to a creditable performance at the Fifa World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.