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Home-based Eagles: Onuh, Egbe’ll rescue Amodu, Yusuf

ByEddie Akalonu
As former Super Eagles coach, Shaibu Amodu braces himself for the new assignment entrusted on him by the Nigeria Football Association in readiness for the next Nations Cup for Home-based players, CHAN competition, he has been told not to exercise any fear.

Former Jigawa Stars midfielder, Salisu Yusuf who gave this advise told Saturday Vanguard sports that coaches Erasmus Onuh and Ita Egbe already handling the home based Eagles in Abuja have all it takes to make the team work and save his (Amodu) neck should he develop cold feet.

“I have known coach Onuh from my amateur days in Kano when he developed interest in me and told me that I have a future if I decide to work hard. He is well grounded in grass-root football, he has experience and is knowledgeable about the Nigerian league.

Everywhere he has been, there have been footprints of a job well done. I think Amodu will find him a very resourceful person on the new job should he take up the appointment,” Yusuf, who has also featured for Wikki tourists where Onuh too has had a coaching stint, said.

“Besides, Onuh has handled Umuahia side OUK FC, the Pro Division 1 side twice in the last couple of years. It is also not his first time with the home based Eagles side as he and Egbe, an ex international, were assistants to Okey Emordi in the first team about two years ago. So, Amodu to me is in very safe hands in Onuh and Egbe.

One would recall that Egbe paid his dues at Iwuanyanwu Nationale where he took up coaching after retirement and moved on to become team manager of FC Arugo of Owerri at inception in 1999,’ he noted.

He disclosed that “it cannot be forgotten also that Egbe was also general manager of Calabar Rovers some years back.”


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