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Why Amodu failed in Angola, Obienu

By Kate Obodo
Former NFA vice chairman  Richard Nwabufo Obienu is one among many demanding for a change in the national team especially with the caliber of players in the Super Eagles.


Following the polity in the football house, he believes the people at the helms of affairs constituted to the problem.
Before the commencement of the Nation’s Cup, Obienu and other crusaders  clamoured for the inclusion of younger players especially home- based players in the team, but the Super Eagles coach rejected the call only to relegate the players to the background.

He who said  the Nigerian  league is of low standard and that the players could not  fit into his plan for the Nations Cup, stressed that  the level of the Premier League can’t produce players who can take on the world.

From the group stage to the quarter finals of the 27th Orange Africa  Nation’s Cup, the Super Eagles qualification was  based on mother luck rather than  tactical and technical quality .

The Eagles could not fly last Thursday against the Black Stars of Ghana even with the support of mother luck. They were defeated by a Ghanaian team made up mostly of  U-20 players that were injected into the team.

The Enugu based lawyer had criticized the team as lacking players who  are technically, physically and tactically sound.
“I have always said we don’t have a team as far as the Super Eagles was concerned, considering the fact that we have players who are not capable. In as much as we continue to relegate our home–based players and still bank on our old reliables, more disaster awaits us.

I have said this before that the team should be made up of  least at 50 or 60 percent of our home–based players. There should be a form of combination between the home- based and our so-called professionals.

“I’m not  surprised at the rate we are failing but my concern is that whether we win or not, we should comeback home and think of the way forward,” he said.


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