By Philips Adefioye
Former chairman of Bayelsa Football club of Yenegoa, Felix Beke says the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola has shown that the Super Eagles squad is not a World Cup team except there is a change in the team.
Beke in an exclusive interview with Saturday Vanguard sports said the Eagles as presently constituted are not a team one can put his money despite the teamâ€™s progression from the beginning of the tournament.
â€œThis is the first time in my life that I will watch a match or tournament that the Super Eagles are taking part and I will go and sleep. The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, board has turned the national team to their own business, telling the coach who should be invited and who should be dropped from the team.
â€œThe NFF should bury their heads in shame as well asÂ the players. From what I saw against the Chipolopolo of Zambia, if Nigeria wins the Cup, it means football in Africa is dead,â€ he said.
The one time national team player opined that ShaibuÂ Amodu has no grip on the players and what should be done immediately after the Nations Cup was to give players who are at the peak of their football career chance to fight for shirt.
â€œLet us start to invite the players that are at the peak of their football career both in the local league and in Europe to join the old ones that are fit for the World Cup,â€ he said stressing â€œif the NFF or PTF refuse to do this, it will be a disaster in South Africaâ€.
Continuing, he said, â€œAmodu is not a World Cup coach. He has shown his incompetence that he can not handle the Eagles. I am not saying that he should be sacked but people like Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia or Sunday Oliseh should be brought in to assist him because if this is not done the players will not sit up.â€
Concerning Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Beke said he shouldÂ not have a place in the team, pointing out that if Amodu did not have any hidden interest in him, he shouldnâ€™t have been on the starting line up of the team.
â€œAiyegbeni should not be in the team, he should instead be trained as a weight lifter for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Heâ€™s not better than those players that were dropped and Amodu should explain why players who play week in week out in their clubs were all dropped.
Sani Lulu, Taiwo Ogunjobi and co should be ashamed of themselves. The failure that has bedevilled the countryâ€™s football is as a result of their incompetency and if these crop of players are the one we are taking to the World Cup, then it will be a disaster,â€ Beke said.