By Patrick Omorodion
It is now clear that irrespective of the result posted by the Super Eagles at the end of the 2010 African Nations Cup in Angola, the Federal Government is insisting that a foreign technical adviser must be appointed to boss Shaibu Amodu for the more important FIFA World Cup holding in South Africa later in the year.

According to an impeccable source close to both the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and the National Sports Commission, NSC, the presidency through vice president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, under whose purview sports falls, expressed this desire shortly after the tortuous road the Eagles plied during the joint 2010 Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers.

According to our source who pleaded anonymity, the vice president called a meeting of all the bodies who were saddled with the country’s qualification process to register government’s displeasure with the Eagles wobbly performance which almost cost the country the World Cup ticket.

“The vice president was particularly unhappy with the booing he received during the U-17 World Cup opening ceremony at the Abuja National Stadium when he went to stand in for President Umar Yar’Adua and told the meeting that he was sure it was the result of the heart-rending performance of the senior national team,” he said.

He directed that a foreign coach should be hired as head of the Super Eagles technical crew with Amodu still part of them as a matter of urgency once the Nations Cup ends because from what they have gathered, Nigerians are dissatisfied with the performance of the team despite their qualification for the World Cup.

According to our source, the NFF president, Alhaji Sanu Lulu Abdullahi almost incurred the wrath of the vice president as he insisted the football house would sink or swim with Amodu, when he was told to react to the directive of the vice president.

“At this point, the vice president told the meeting which included the top echelon of the NSC and the Presidential Task Force (PTF) which was set up to salvage the country’s World Cup hope which was on the tethers, that it seemed the NFF boss did not understand the thinking of government on the issue,” he said.

It was gathered that the chairman of the PTF and governor of Rivers State, Chief Rotimi Amaechi at this point, had to explain to the NFF boss the import of the vice president’s directive and why it must be implemented.

The PTF boss however gave Alhaji Lulu a lee way on the issue when he said the NFF would be given the opportunity to scout for any competent coach of their choice as the NSC or the PTF as the case may be, would not impose coach on the federation.

With the floppy display of the Eagles in their 3-1 loss to the Pharaohs of Egypt, the NFF has to come down from its ‘swim or sink’ with Amodu posture to effect a change of guards in the Eagles technical crew as Amodu has shown he has little or no capacity to tinker the team to a respectable outing at the World Cup.


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