By Kate Obodo
Former NFA vice chairman Richard Obienu has predicted thatÂ more disasters await the Super Eagles ifÂ there is no corrective measure carried out in the teamâ€™s defensive area .
Obienu, who has been a crusader b against the ills in sports said the team lack a firmÂ defence that would confront their opponents.
According to him, the team canâ€™t go far if there is no form of restructuring, stressing that he foresees more disappointments and disgrace if they continue with the shaky defence displayed in the opening game.
â€œI tell you the end is near for our Eagles if there is no corrective measure on our defence. A central defence of Yobo and Obinna Nwaneri can never work. Our problem lies there unless something is done we will definitely fail. How do you expect the best from our defence when both the midfield and the attack is hopeless and weak. Of course you will expect nothing in the end. Mikel is supposed to be a creative midfielder and unless Shaibu Amodu realises this, our midfield will remain the way it is.
â€œI will not blame anybody in the team, but one thing is certain that our problem has been the people at the helm of affairs who donâ€™t have passion for the game. They go about misappropriating money instead of thinking on the way forward. Now 75 percent of them are in Angola doing all sort things without ever considering the way forward for our national team.
We need to improve our local league, this issue of depending on professionals playing abroad will never do us any good. At least 50 percent of the players in the national team should come from the local league.
This talk of Amodu saying that local players can not fit into his plan for big competitions should be discarded especially now that we have seen the poor work of the so-called professional players. There should be a combination of both foreignÂ and home-based players,â€ he said.