By Ben Efe
Eagles coach, LarsLagerback said that he was entirely responsible for the selection of the team list for the World Cup and was ready to take the flak, if the Eagles failed to perform at South Africa 2010 World Cup.
Mix reactions trailed the list Coach Lagerback dropped on Monday.Â Questions were asked by fans on the inclusion of players like, John Utaka, Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Nwankwo Kanu who did have a fruitful season, while young and promising Uche Kalu, Victor Anichebe,Â Peter Utaka were sent back home.
Lagerback explained in London that his decision was based on what he has observed over a period of time, and also current form of the players. â€œIt is my list, hold me responsible for it,â€ Lagerback said.
The coach added that he included John Mikel Obi in the team, because the player was certified fit after going through rehabilitation, from the knee injury he sustained during the season. He said that Mikel was rested against Colombia, but he would futured in the game against North Korea.
â€œWe could have played Mikel against Colombia but we had to watch him a little more. He has been training with the team and doing all the activities together.
â€œHe is shaping up and we may see him against North Korea,â€ Lagerback said.Nigeria Football Association technical committee chairman, Taiwo Ogunjobi stated that Anichebe who was man of the match in the Nigeria versus Saudi friendly was given the â€˜chopâ€™, because he was nursing a shin injury.
Apart from Lukman Harauna, all other players on the list are those who selected by coach Shuaibu Amodu for the Nations Cup. This was enough for football buffs like Kadiri Ikhana to question the sacking of Amodu, a development which delayed the Eagles preparation for the World Cup.