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2010: Elder Oyewole cautions Lagerback on players selection

By Kate Obodo
Former Nigeria Football Association, NFA Board member, Elder Bode Oyewole has advised Super Eagles technical adviser, Lars Lagerback, to select players that are capable and fit for the World Cup this summer in South Africa.

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He was reacting to some officials of the NFA who said  they have no idea of the players  Lagerback has included in his provisional squad of 45 who he expects to screen for the World Cup.

And Elder Oyewole said that the decision of  the Swede to keep the list to his chest was a good idea, stressing that the World Cup is a serious business and needs serious players for the competition.

He told Sunday Vanguard sports that the kind of players he feels are fit for the World Cup plan are those who are physically, mentally, psychologically and technically sound.

“I think his plan for the World Cup is good and could go a long way for our football. The World Cup is a very serious competition and because of this, only players that are capable should make the team.

“Already he has 45 players on his list for the World Cup  plans, but they should be players that are capable in all aspects. Players who feature regularly for their various club sides and not those who have not played for a very long time. His selection should be based on merit,”Oyewola said.

On Lagerback’s strong backing for  former Enyimba coach, Daniel Amokachi’s continued stay in the team as his  assistant despite his woeful outing with the Home-based Eagles, Elder Oyewale said, “I do not see anything wrong in what he did, since he (Lagerback) still believes in him (Amokachi) he should go ahead,” he concluded.


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