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Foreign coach: Mark frowns at delay

By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Senate President, David Mark, over the weekend expressed displeasure over the unresolved search for the Eagles’ Technical Adviser with less than four months to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

David Mark

While responding to questions shortly after he had teed off in the 10th Julius Berger Invitational Charity Golf Tournament at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Senator Mark remarked that players of the Eagles and the foreign Technical Adviser ought to have familiarised themselves to understand their game plans proper by now.

“Searching for a new coach for the Eagles at this time? It’s a pity I tell you, because it is too late”, Senator David Mark said.

Senator Mark, who posted a 9 feet drive in the Julius Berger Invitational Charity golf tournament to win the men’s nearest to the pin title, stated that, “We cannot search indefinitely for a new coach as the World Cup will start in June.

“By now we should be playing in all the friendly games to put our players together. The coach needs to know the payers and needs to know the way they play”, he said. He however urged the Nigeria Football Federation to hasten in the search for the expatriate that would handle the team.

“I hope that they (NFF) make haste in trying to get a new national coach.”
He also said something about general sports development. “Brazil is known all over the world because of football more than anything else. Sports have become so important these days that I think a nation must pay great attention to those things, and I think we do need to. We have got all the talents; we just need to harness the talents that we have”, he stated.

The Senate President also said that the input of  multi-nationals  in sports development is required.
“I’ll still need to continue to plead with the multi-nationals to contribute their own quota to the development of our sports and not just golf. There are so many other sports like athletics, basketball etc. that they can contribute their quota to develop.


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