Former Nigerian international, Awala Jumbo has advised the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and the Presidential Task Force, PTF, not to sack the chief coach of the Super Eagles, Shaibu Amodu but employ someone that will be his boss at the World Cup later in June in South Africa.
Awala told Sunday Vanguard sports in an exclusive interview in Lagos that Amodu has done well for this country by qualifying the Super Eagles for the World Cup and the Nations Cup, adding that he should be compensated as a member of the technical crew to the Mundial but under a technical adviser.
â€œHe should not be sacked because he fulfilled the mandate given to him by the Nigeria Football Federation and the Presidential Task Force. I think what should be done is that he should be left to be among the technical crew but a technical adviser should be employed to take the team to the World Cup, Amodu has lost the grip of the team, he has no confidence in himself but it will be unfair if he is pushed aside,â€ Jumbo said.
The former Julius Berger Football Club captain said the 3-0 defeat of the Mambas of Mozambique was not bad, adding that Nigerians were not too satisfied with the playersâ€™ attitude on the field of play.
Ahead of the quarter final match against Zambia tomorrow, Awala said the Zambians should not be underrated despite the edge the Eagles have over them as he advised the Eagles not toÂ allow the victory against Mozambique to get into their heads when they meet.
â€œEagles should not take the Zambians for granted.Â No team is a push-over any more, every team is now beatable, no more super power in football, we donâ€™t need to be told of what to do. We have seen some upsets in this Nations Cup and we also saw some teams that woke up from their slumber. One thing is that after the Nations Cup, if they want to get an expatriate, the PTF and NFF should do so.