By Tony Ubani
WITH 27 days to the kick off of the first World Cup in African soil, there are palpable fears over the performance of the Eagles in Mandelaâ€™s country.
Lars Lagerback heightened the anxiety of Nigerians this week when he named a provisional list of players without any friendly.
But the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, are spitting fire, blaming and accusing some unpatriotic Nigerians for sabotaging their efforts at organising friendly matches for the team that would play its first match in the World Cup against Argentina on June 12.
Special Assistant to the Chairman of NFA, Sani Lulu, Tunde Aderibigbe said that the inability of the football house to organise friendly matches was due to sabotage by some Nigerians. â€œNigerians are responsible for the cancellation of most of the friendly matches we line up for the Eagles. They make calls and discourage those countries from honoring the friendlies. Itâ€™s pure sabotage and we donâ€™t know what they stand to gain from thisâ€, Aderibigbe said.
He said that some of the countries got in touch with the FA to find out why their countrymen were doing that. â€œSome of the countries called to find out why Nigerians were doing that. Itâ€™s unbelievable but that is the truth. Some Nigerians are working against the progress of the teamâ€, Aderibigbe alerted.