By Richard Animam & Kate Obodo
Former Super Eagles bulwark Taribo West and ex Barcelona star Emmanuel Amuneke both have a lot of respect for ex Super Eagles teammate Daniel Amokachi.
The former Everton player’s achievement on the field as a professional player and as a member of the technical crew of the Super Eagles to the 2010 World Cup, is something that West holds dearly but the former Inter Milan player faulted Amokachi’s idea on outsourcing the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to the English FA, as a way of transforming football in the country.
Few weeks ago, Amokachi in an interview with Saturday Vanguard Sports suggested that one of the ways to get football in Nigeria out of the woods, was for the FA to outsource football administration to the English FA for certain number of years and get Nigerians to understudy them, after which the administration of the game will be handed back to Nigerians.
Taribo says Amokachi has a good idea but outsourcing NFA to the English FA will not work. According to him, there are Nigerians who, if given the responsibility to run the NFA, will turn the fortunes of the association around. He called on the government to create a process that will bring in people who know much about the game and who can contribute meaningfully to the development of the game in Nigeria.
On his part, Emmanuel Amuneke whose spectacular goal gave Nigeria the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics soccer event, shares Amokachi’s view but was quick to add that the hawks in the football house will not allow such laudable plan to see the light of the day.
“Yes, Amokachi has a bright idea which if implemented with go along way to restore some dignity in our football. But we all know how things work in this country.
The people in the FA will not allow that idea to work. Let’s call a spade a spade. I always say the truth but people do not listen. There are talents rotting away in this country and nothing is in the offing to change this. That is why we have come out with this idea to discover future stars and train them to the level that they can be useful to the Nigeria and themselves.