By Eddie Akalonu
FormerÂ Rangers FC of Enugu and Green Eagles striker, Emmanuel Osigwe has said that there is enough time for th Super Eagles to have good preparation for theÂ FIFA World Cup in South Africa , just as he has endorsed steps being taken byÂ technical adviser Lars Lagerback to build aÂ team that would do the nation proud.
â€œI believe that Lagerback has done well trying to assemble a team for the World Cup and I think that contrary to widely held views, two months is enough time for him to build a team and do well,â€ he said in an interview in Owerri.
â€œThough a lot of work still needs to be done, these efforts will yield fruits if he gets fullÂ moral and logistics support from the NFA like was given to Shaibu Amodu to prosecute the Nations Cup in Angola.
The players on their part must be ready to be true representatives of the country in South Africa. The players who eventually make the team to the World Cup must show sheer will to defend the interest of the country as a way of proving they are really the best the country can afford from the bank of talents it has. That way, they will prove the coachÂ has been right and unbiased in making his choiceâ€ he said.
The former assistant coach of the national U-17 team to the World Cup held in Trinidad and Tobago in 2001 however, urged Lagerback never to overlook home-based talents of home basedÂ saying, â€œhe should rather tap into them because they are resourceful and hard- working, have the guts and could bring the desired change if given an opportunity to play.