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Amodu accepts to work under foreign coach

By Onochie Anibeze

Coach Shaibu Amodu has continued plans for work at the World Cup. He has registered for pre- World Cup conferences/programmes for coaches. He assumes he will be at the World Cup as coach of Nigeria.

FALL ••• Mourad Meghni (R) of Algeria brings down Nwankwo Kanu during their third-place play-off match of the Africa Cup of Nations at the Ombaka stadium in Benguela, Angola, on January 30. Nigeria won 1-0. Photo: AFP.

That is possible but certainly not as head of Nigeria’s technical crew. The Football Federation has even told him so and he has accepted to work under a technical adviser who is yet to be engaged.

The federation told Amodu their plans in Angola in a meeting after the Eagles won bronze, beating Algeria in a third place match. In Amodu’s contract is a clause for a technical adviser. Amodu signed the contract and knows it is binding. And when the NFF meets today, they will consider names that they short-listed.

The names are Bonfrere Jo, Herve Renard, Hassan Shehata and Guus Hiddink. Hiddink is in the class of his own and he may be the greatest thing that can happen to Nigeria’s World Cup team if he accepts to coach Nigeria on a short term basis. He has the ability to make the best out of any group of players he is working with. He studies them, works on their potential and gets the best of their ability.

That was how he made South Korea, a soccer minnow, to keep on  running  on teams until such teams collapsed. He knew they had energy and could run and he exploited those attributes. . Korea surprisingly reached the World Cup semi-final and a beer factory offered to supply him beer for the rest of his life.

There were talks last night that they hope to approach high profile Geovanni Trapattoni who is now Ireland manager till 2014. “If it’s only for the World Cup and the Ireland FA agrees why not?,” said one federation source last night.

NFF has already sent their London liaison contact to go after Hiddink who won the FA Cup with Chelsea but failed to lead Russia to South Africa, a setback that in no way dented his rich profile.

It is after today’s meeting that they will make further contacts. The role Amodu may play at the World Cup will be determined by the new coach. The federation may not impose any coach on the new boss as it will be unprofessional and counter-productive. But there’s a strong case for Amodu to remain on board for the World Cup.


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