I am available – Willy Okpara
BY JACOB AJOM
Former international, Willy Opara has revealed a burning desire to contribute to the revival of the once-dreaded Super Eagles of Nigeria. He offered to serve as goalkeeper trainer with the national team.
Okpara who is currently the goalkeeper trainer with his former club, Orlando Pirates of South Africa said he had the requisite qualification and experience to support his ambition. “I have my coaching certificates and have been goalkeeper trainer with the Bafana Bafana and Bayana Bayana (South Africa male and female national football teams respectively).
“Right now, I am the goalkeeper coach of Orlando Pirates. I am ready to contribute my own quota to the resuscitation of the national team. If I have been doing it for other countries, why not for my own country?” Okpara asked.
He lamented Super Eagles failure to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations and observed that things must change. “How can Guinea deny Nigeria the Nations Cup in Abuja? It is unfortunate but we must move on”.
He endorsed the appointment of Stephen Keshi as new national team coach and asked for support for the ‘Big Boss’. “We must all support Keshi. Things must change,” Okpara said who was speaking during a telephone interview at the weekend.