By Philips Adefioye
Former Super Eagles defender,Â Taribo West has described the Super Eagles provisional 30-man team list as a sign of confusion because the technical adviser, Lars Lagerback drew it without seeing the players train or play any match together.
West, now a pastor, told Saturday Vanguard sports during Kunle Solajaâ€™s Super Eagles, … through the ages book launch in Lagos that a team without any plan is a sign of confusion, adding that it was wrong for one to prune a 44-man list to 30 without playing a friendly match to assess their performance.
The ex Auxerre Football Club of France player stressed that there was no need for the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, to employÂ Lagerback because the players chosen for the World Cup are all Shaibu Amoduâ€™s players, adding the Edo-born gaffer should have been left to continue his job.
â€œThe 30-man list is just a sign of confusion, because normally at this point in time, the team are supposed to have a plan and also embark on a programme for their World Cup preparations. You just penciled down 44 players and later prunedÂ it to 30 when you have not even seen the other players. It has even given a ground for us to go back to where we are coming from, which does not making any sense. To me, it is still Shaibu Amoduâ€™s team that we are going to use at the World Cup in South Africa.
â€œWe are in need fresh legs, young boys who are keen to play the game and make the country proud, not those who are not ready to show what is at stake. The time has come for players to be invited to the Super Eagles on merit, not by man-know-man connection,â€ he stressed.
â€œI advise Nigerians not to expect too much from the team going to South Africa. What the NFA should do is to give Lagerback a free hand and see how, within the few years he will be in the country, he can restructure and build the team for the future.
Concerning Mikel Obiâ€™s injury, West argued that it should not be a problem because as the best player in the Eagles as at now, the injury should not exclude him from the team.
â€œMikel is worth celebrating, heâ€™s the best player we have in Nigeria as of today, we need to rally round him, pray for him to get better before the World Cup,â€ he said.