ONE of Nigeriaâ€™s most enterprising forward, Ike Uche has hailed the appointment of coach Lars Lagerback but warned that the appointment is no automatic guarantee to success. â€œIt is a good thing that we have a new manager but we have to buckle up because time is not on our sideâ€, the player who missed the Nations Cup in Angola due to injury said.
He advised other players to raise the level of their play in the run up to the World Cup to regain the confidence of Nigerians. â€œWe need to raise our game now and during the World Cup.Â We should not relax and think that we can achieve greatness. We need to be committed and raise our gameâ€, the player admonished.
Meanwhile, erstwhile Eagles defender Taribo West has also cautioned that the problem of the Eagles would be that of administration. â€œWe all know that the greatest problem of Nigerian football has been administration. Those who know nothing are the ones who are running our football. That is why we want to chase them out during the next election. We should allow for those who are honest, transparent, and dedicated and know the game to run our footballâ€, he said.
Also, former goalkeeper of the Eagles, Peter Rufai agreed. â€œWe need to allow intelligent, diligent, honest and God-fearing people to run our football. I am not saying that former footballers should take over entirely. But I support that they should be involved in the running of our footballâ€, Rufai known as â€˜Dodomayanaâ€™ added.