By Eddie Akalonu
Former Enyimba and Iwuanyanwu Nationale coach, Tony Ukeachu, has told the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to learn from past mistakes made by their predecessors that cost the country better outings in the World Cup.
He argued that the current struggling with coach Stephen Keshi over the Super Eagles team list portends danger for the team in Brazil.
“My expectation was that by now, we should have known our possible and probable World Cup players embodied in a 30-man list but current developments in the NFF about Keshi’s list is really unnecessary and avoidable.
It means we took no note of why we failed or performed the way we did in the past. Even past Boards of the FA never delayed getting the team out this late and it’s my honest view that team list is something that should have been concluded way back. It means the Board is not conscious of time factor and the need to look at what we must do to have a grand outing in Brazil,” he stressed.
Ukeachu, who was also a player of Spartans of Owerri, expressed disappointment that the FA and the Eagles technical crew are not planning ahead because, according to him, the World Cup goes beyond teams at group stage but others he termed possible opponents should the country advance to knock-out stages.
“That we do not know our team little over a month to the event means we have learnt nothing from past World Cups. I think the federation should avoid rhetoric’s but work and assist Keshi to produce the. country’s team for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil immediately so that final preparation can get underway,” he said.
Adding, he said, “our destiny is in our hands to go out there and dazzle the world with good football. But it can only be done if those in charge put a premium on linkages between planning, performance and results.”