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2010 World Cup : Inject local players in Eagles,says Omokaro… Commitment is key, says Oliha

By Kate Obodo

Ex-International Bright Omokaro has urged Super Eagles handler Shaiubu Amodu to inject local players into the national team ahead the 2010 Nation’s Cup billed for Angola next January.

Speaking with Sunday Sports,  the former Green Eagles defender aka 10-10 said the team need fresh legs, players who are hungry for honour, and  eager to play for their fatherland.

He said having domestic players would help correct some problems the team is currently confronting particularly in the aspect of the midfield. He gave an instance, where coach Bright Omokaroduring his era utilized local players in the team who did their best for the country.


He said for the team to come out from the woods, the coach should be able to combine domestic players with  professional players. He encouraged Amodu to also search for Nigerian  International players.

“I think right now what the team need is transformation, especially with the current performance.

“There should a form of combination between the local players and the already known players in the national team

Speaking on the chances of the team in Angola, Omokaro said the chances are bright only if they inject local players into the team alongside adequate preparation.

Commitment is key to success , says  Oliha

However, former Green Eagles midfielder Thompson Oliha  believes commitment and dedication is the key to success  in the  forthcoming Nation’s Cup and World Cup in Angola and South Africa respectively.

Super Eagles tortuous qualification for the 2010 World Cup in June has raised alarm on the players inability to meet  expectation. Olilah, a member of the US ‘94 Super Eagles team said starting from the qualification the team failed to impress with their pattern of play.

The ex- Bendel Insurance midfielder said the team has all it takes to lift the Nation’s Cup in Angola and do Africa proud at the World Cup if only they play with commitment and show that spirit of togetherness in their pattern of play.

“I’m delighted that we are among those countries  that will hoist their  flag at the forthcoming World Cup to be staged on an African soil. It gladdens my heart, honestly, is a good thing seeing us participate at the World Cup again having missed out in the last edition in Germany.

“The truth is that we have qualified for both competitions. Our next target now should be how to build a solid team for the Nation’s Cup in Angola and equally do well in South Africa.

“For some time, the Eagles have failed to show team spirit which is not too good. Football is  team work”, he said.


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