By Patrick Omorodion
As the debate for the sack or retention of Super Eagles coach, Shaibu Amodu rages, former Eagles forward, Victor Nosa Ikpeba, has joined in advocating that the Edo-born tactician should not be dispensed with.
Ikpeba, the 1997 African Footballer of the Year, said that though Amodu tried in qualifying the team for the 2010 World Cup, he believes he still needs help from a more technically sound foreigner to be able to perform optimally in South Africa.
â€œAmodu has performed well in qualifying us for the World Cup. He has done well in qualifying the country to the World Cup twice. I donâ€™t think he should be sacked,â€Ikpeba told a group of journalists at a briefing by Supersports to announce their Nations Cup/World Cup coverage package in Lagos yesterday.
When pressed to give his candid advice on whether Amodu should tinker the Eagles for the World Cup, Ikpeba quipped: â€œPersonally I believe Amodu needs help, he needs a foreign technical adviser for the World Cup.â€
He added that apart from Amodu, the Eagles need a technical adviser who could look the players in the face and discipline them when they are going the wrong way, stressing that the problem with the present crop of Eagles was indiscipline.
â€œThe major problem with the present squad is indiscipline and they need a technical adviser in the mold of (Clemens) Westerhof who could look them in the face and discipline them like he did during our time,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, the General Manager of Supersports Nigeria, Felix Awogu, said that the company is planning a package for the coverage of the Nations Cup in Angola where ex-internationals from various countries will join in the analysis of the games like was done at the last event in Ghana in 2008.