By Tony Ubani
MANCHESTER CITY Nigerian fullback, Nedum Onuohaâ€™s decision to prefer England to playing for the Green Eagles in the World Cup has been faulted by analyst, Dudu Orumen. Onuoha was one of the players that Lars Lagerback was hoping to use in the World Cup in South Africa on June 11.
But the Nigerian who earlier expressed his desire to play for the Eagles made a U-turn preferring the Three Lions. But Orumen said yesterday that Onuoha would rue his mistake of dumping Nigeria for England.
â€œI donâ€™t know who advised him in taking that decision but it is one costly mistake that he would live to regretâ€, Orumen said. Orumen said that some other Nigerians who went the line towed by Onuoha are regretting their decisions. â€œWe have John Fashanu and Justine Fashanu as perfect examples. And these two players were better players than Onuoha. They also made such grave mistakes of preferring England to their Fatherland and they are still gnashing their teeth in regret over that decision.
Swede boss of the Eagles had hoped to include Onuoha in his plan for the World but made a u-turn when the Manchester player said he preferred waiting and hoping for a call from England than answering the one from Nigeria. â€œI wish himÂ well in his endeavour but he will surely regret dumping Nigeria for Englandâ€, Barrister Orumen emphasised.
Officials of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, are in South Africa to take yet another look on the Hampshire camp of the Eagles in Durban before their June 1 reporting date. The camp has come under hammer from reports but NFA Chairman Sani Lulu insists that the camp remained the best haven for the Eagles.
â€œThere are little amendments we told them to tinker with. Once they do them, there is nothing to complain aboutâ€, Taiwo Ogunjobi who is Chairman of Technical Committee said. Sports Minister, Isa Bio, Director General of NSC, Dr Patrick Ekeji, Ogunjobi and many others in the FA are in South Africa for yet another inspection. It has become one visit too many for the NFA.