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Amodu’s sack won’t solve Nigeria’s football problem, Obienu

*Prefers Westerhof for Eagles

By Richard Animam
Barrister Richard Obienu often times sounds like a lonely voice in the wilderness but his comments do certainly make a lot of sense. The Enugu-based lawyer and one-time vice Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association states emphatically that the sacking of Super Eagles coach Shaibu Amodu was not the solution to the problem of football in Nigeria.

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He believes those who run the affairs of the game do not know what to do and should not kill Amodu in the name of getting a good result in South Africa.

“The problem with Nigeria football is not Amodu and I have always said it.  Is this the best time to look for coaches, three or four months to the World Cup, I say no. If we want to kill Amodu what would Zambia, Mozambique, Cote d’Ivoire  and Cameroon do to their coaches. Amodu should be commended for getting the bronze medal.

Amodu did not have a strong coordinator. I don’t believe he should be crucified.  And saying that he should not go to the World Cup is an act of wickedness. He was given a mandate to get to the semi finals and he got to the third place.   No foreign coach will come to Nigeria now three or four months to the World Cup.

On the way forward, Obienu suggested two options.  First,  is to bring in Steven Keshi, Sylvanus Okpala, Amodu and Sunday Oliseh. According to him, this quartet  have all it takes to do well at the World Cup. They know the Nigerian players and would earn their respect.

All they need is a strong coordinator who can coordinate the team.
The complain from Obafemi Martins would not have arisen if they had a good coordinator in Angola.


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