Former Super Eagles defence ace, Chidi Nwanu has warned Coach Lars Lagerback to do away with sentimental emotions if his arduous task of tinkering the Super Eagles to enviable heights at the 2010 World Cup is to materialise.
Nwanu, a rugged defender who played for Nigeria during their maiden campaign at the FIFA World Cup at the 1994 edition in the United States of America, where the team, not only played dazzling football but also graced the second round stage and could have even surpassed that benchmark but for inexperience during their game against Italy, which they inexplicably lost 2-1 said that the 62 year-old Swede coach must field only the best players who can prosecute a flawless campaign in South Africa.
Speaking on Brila FM, the former Anderlecht of Belgium stalwart, said Lagerback must employ the system of Coach Clemens Westerhof in his team selection.
â€œI honestly want to see our team do great things at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa because after missing out of a qualification spot at the 2006 event in Germany, the only way we can make up for that period of absence is to register a superb outing in the first World Cup to hold on the African continent.
â€œBut I am afraid that we can mess up this great chance of atonement if the right things are not done at the right time by the right people. By this, I fear that sentiments and emotional attachment by LagerbackÂ to some players can mar our World Cup campaign. Westerhof succeeded because he did not play any player out of sentiment or emotions. You either earned it or you did not play during Westerhofâ€™s era. So Lagerback must take a cue from Lagerback or else, he is digging his own graveyardâ€, added Nwanu.
Born on January 1, 1967 in Port Harcourt, Nwanu won 20 caps for his country, and was part of the squads for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1988 Summer Olympics.
In 1988, while playing for ACB Lagos, Nwanu was declared unwanted by coach Patrick Ekeji. Nwanu went on to play in lower divisions in Belgium before he was picked up by Jupiler League side K.S.K. Beveren. After three seasons he was bought by giants Anderlecht, who won the league twice during his stay. Nwanu played very few matches, however, and he eventually retired after an unsuccessful spell in RKC Waalwijk.