By TONY UBANI
EX-INTERNATIONAL, Jonathan Akpoborie is yet to come to terms with the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to saddle coach Amodu Shuaibu with the responsibilities of tinkering the Eagles to the Nations Cup in Angola and the World Cup in South Africa.
The NFF gave Amodu the green light to pilot the Eagles to the Orange African Cup of Nations in Angola and gave him a benchmark of winning the trophy if truly he wants to lead the Eagles to the World Cup in Mandelaâ€™s Rainbow Nation.
But Akpoborie described the NFFâ€™s decision as a massive mistake saying that they should have gone outrightly for a foreign coach. â€œThe NFF have made a big blunder by that singular decision. They have succeeded in dragging Nigerian football backwards. They have done a favour to him for qualifying Nigeria.
But at what cost do we keep him there?â€, Akpoborie queried. The ex-international accused Amodu of being tactically deficient in the midst of very good players. â€œNigerians should hold the NFF responsible for whatever goes wrong. Since they have decided to swim and sink with Amodu, they should be fired if our World Cup dreams die in South Africa.
The Nations Cup could have been a very good place to bring in a foreign coach . But it will be too late after the Nations Cup even if Amodu failsâ€, Akpoborie said.
Akpoborie is not the only one who is sad ov er the choice of Amodu as Coach. Many other prominent administrators are treading softly in saying their minds after they have sent emissaries to them for saying the truth that Nigeria needs a foreign hand to do well in the World Cup.
But Barrister Dudu Orumen who has given up hope of any meaningful outing by the Eagles in the World Cup said that he has purchased for himself an Ivoiren Tâ€™shirt as a sign of support for the Elephants of Cote dÃvoire that would be led by Chelsea free-scoring Didier Drogba. â€œCote dâ€™Ivoire have the potential of doing something magical in the World Cup among the African flagbearers.
Nigeria should have been another contender but they are not serious and donâ€™t have a coach. Maybe they will wake up after the Nations Cup. It will be too late. Ghana are serious but they donâ€™t have the potential. My brother, we are watching events as they unfoldâ€, Dudu said.