By onochie anibeze
You don’t have a job anymore. Nigerian football is dead. What will you be reporting now?”
This was the way Delta Sports Boss, Amaju Pinnick started in his reaction to yesterday’s 3-1 defeat of the Green Eagles to Egypt in the on-

FIGHT ••• Hossam Ghaly (R) of Egypt fights for the ball with Mikel John Obi of Nigeria during their group “C” stage match at the African Cup of Nations CAN2010 on January 12, 2010 at the Ombaka stadium in Benguela. Photo: AFP.

going Nations Cup. He was baring his mind to this reporter.

“Our players did not look fit and they did not show hunger. I don’t think they had any input from the bench. And yet, the federation say they want to swim or sink with Amodu. They forget that Nigeria is bigger than any individual.

They want to swim and sink with coaches who will never watch our league matches and see the hungry players that they can bring in. Kano Pillars defeated Al Ahly in the Champions League. And Ahly had about five players in the team that beat our Eagles last night. But there’s nobody in Kano Pillars in our team.

Heartland played in the final of the Champions League. There’s nobody in that team that is in the national team, not from Bayelsa, Warri Wolves etc. And you want to tell me that some people are not lazy? If you ask me, I’ll tell you that we need a foreign coach who can bring out the best from our players and fish out new ones. The whole idea is to make the national team competitive. The people we have there now have shown that they lack the capacity to make the national team competitive.”

Ex international maintained that the Eagles raised their game but committed blunders that cost them the match.
“Egypt were technically better. Initially, they were even nervous probably because they played with respect. But I think it was the first exciting game since the competition started. Our players have raised their game.

They have started knocking the ball to themselves better than they did during the World Cup qualifiers. Good. But in modern football, you must play and control. We are playing and not controlling. That’s the problem. And I fault the defenders for that. We lack communication. You don’t allow a player stand in-between two central defenders.

That was what happened to us. If you don’t get it right about how to mark and attack you will have problems. Or marking has not been fine since the World Cup qualifying. We must do something about our defence. Good defence network is organised by the central defence that will engage or link with the midfield too.”

Public Relations consultant Ehi Braimoh rather asked questions: What is the problem with our football? If they are struggling now what happens at the World Cup? Is this the way they want to play at the World Cup?

Veteran sports administrator, Chief John Ojidoh with a bit of sarcasm, put his this way: “PTF and NFF should pay the Eagles double bonus to motivate to win or draw the remaining games. I weep for Nigeria. I stand up for Malawi, Mali and Egypt for now. I pray the trauma ends here and now, Oh! God.”


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