By Kate Obodo
As the country continues to writhe in pains and agony over last Sundayâ€™s uninspiring and disappointing 2-2 draw against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia held at the Abuja National Stadium,Â former Shooting Stars Football Club Chairman, Elder BodeÂ OyewoleÂ hasÂ mistrusted the competence of the Chief coach of the Green Eagles, Shaibu Amodu leadingÂ the team to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Elder Oyewole who fromÂ inception backed the capability of Amodu leading the team to the first World Cup to be hosted on an African soil, said that last Sundayâ€™s match have dissuaded him fromÂ trusting Amoduâ€™s ability to qualify the team.
The former Nigeria Football Association Board member toldÂ Saturday Vanguard sports that he is stillÂ confused concerning the unimpressive result last Sunday. According to him, the picture was not clear onÂ the boys weak performance alongside the coach who he had longed supported to be the savour of the team. â€œI was speechless after the match, for me it was like a dream .
And because it was like a dream to me, I stillÂ found it hard to believe we drew with Carthage Eagles of Tunisia especially in that crucial event. I have always been a supporter of Amodu but last Sundayâ€™s match mutated my mind on his ability,â€ he said.
â€œI begin to wonder what went wrong. Looking at the match, the boys played as if nothing was at stake. They bungled the opportunity they had to qualify for the World Cup. Undoubtedly the Eagles took the lead in the match and twice surrendered it to give the crafty and athletic Tunisians the opportunity to level scores and remain in the driving seat.
â€œThe only players that were outstanding in that match were Osaze and Michael Eneramo. These were theÂ key players who were serious about the game till the end,â€ he said
However with two matches to play, Elder OyewoleÂ opines that all hope is not lost as he advised the team and the technical crew to do their best and win the remaining matches.
â€œ No doubtÂ it is going to be very difficult for us but sinceÂ itÂ has happened like this, my advise is thatÂ they shouldÂ work harder and be more committed in the rest two match, and hope on Tunisians downfall in their restÂ matches. â€ he concluded.