By Philips Adefioye
Former Super Eagles player, Monday Odiaka has said three months is not too short for Lars Lagerback to tinker the players who will be invited for the World Cup preparation into a winning team.
Odiaka said though people were complaining that the Swede was not engaged at the right time, the most important issue was that Lagerback should produce a team that will do the country proud in South Africa.
â€œTo me three months is not short for aÂ formidable team to be assembled for the World Cup, the problem will be if the new technical adviser will be given aÂ free hand to operate and the necessary support to raise a standard team.
I would like Lagerback to start his programme now without waiting for the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF. He claims he knows Nigerian players who are doing well in their European clubs,â€ he said.
Odiaka, said that the decision ofÂ Lagerback to give home based players the opportunity to fight for shirt will ginger them and at the same time make the foreign players seat up.
The former captain of the defunct ACB football club of Lagos said that the Home-based Eagles 2-0 loss to Niger last weekend was as a result of not giving them chance to exhibit their ability at the national team level.
â€œIf these players have been given the chance to compete with the so-called foreign based players, Niger wouldnâ€™t have had an upper hand against us in that match. However, all is not lost, the second leg is still coming up later next week in Abuja.
I believed that before the second leg, some corrections would have taken place and one or two players would have been invited to beef up the team,â€ said Odiaka.