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2010 World Cup: Gombe predicts doom for Nigeria

Says Kanu can’t motivate Eagles

By Kate Obodo
The expectation of Nigeria hitting it big in the first ever World Cup on an Africa soil, South Africa 2010  has been played down by many especially following the poor and slow  preparation of the team.

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For many,  the coming of Swede coach Lars Largerback and his new squad  is the beginning of failure for Nigeria in South Africa and former chairman of Gombe United FC, Alhaji Shuaibu Ahmed Gara Gombe is one of those who habour this thought.

He is one man that spits fire whenever he speaks on issues that concern the way football is run in Nigeria . He expressed  fears for the Super Eagles, saying it will be difficult for them to go beyond the first round of the competition.
He urged Nigerians not to expect any thing than failure especially  with the fire bridge approach the Nigeria Football Association, NFA is preparing the team.  According to him, no friendly matches yet for the team and the camping is late in coming.
He was reacting on the way the Super Eagles technical adviser, Lars Lagerback  is going about preparing the team, with less than a few days to the World Cup, arguing that while other countries are rounding off preparations, Lagerback is still sweating on how to raise a 23-man squad.

“Undoubtedly, we are nowhere in the World Cup. Look at our preparations, it is rather too unserious to compare with some of the participating teams  that have  been preparing for the past two years. Even the time they (NFA) brought Lagerback was to short for any coach  to do anything.

“We called on them then to employ a coach during the Nations Cup since they do not want Shaibu Amodu to take the team  to the World Cup. He is not a developmental coach where people would believe he could do something different and give us hope. It is crystal clear that we cannot go beyond the first round. Since we have qualified, we should just go there representing our country and then come back and prepare for the next World Cup.
“I’m afraid with the way things are going, the Nations Cup will be better than the World Cup. Because then there was some  level of continuity in the squad,” Gombe said.

He however, faulted the inclusion of Portsmouth player, Nwankwo Kanu in the 44-man list, saying the intention for his inclusion cannot be achieved.

“What is Kanu doing in the squad with the level of his fitness. People talk about him being a motivator in the team. If I may ask, a player who cannot play for complete  45 minutes, do you consider him fit and capable for a competition?

The fact is that such a player is not fit for the Nations Cup how much more a serious competition like the World Cup. His era is past and he should not be in the squad. If we continue like this, there is no doubt that disaster awaits us in South Africa,” he concluded.


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