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Ignore home-based players at your own peril, Omokaro

After demoting national team coach, Shaibu Amodu and ensuring he was out of the country’s World Cup team, former Nigerian international, Bright Omokaro has said all eyes will be on next coach the Naigeria Football Federation bring forward for the Eagles top job.

“:Amodu’s sack is no problem. It’s up to them(NFF). They hired him and now they have decided to fire him,”the former no-nonsense defender started, in a telephone chat with Sports Vanguard.

He however said, “But the focus now is on the NFF. Let us see what manner of coach they want to bring because the World Cup is not a small project. Whatever they are doing they should go about it with the urgency it requires.”

Omokaro who was fondly called ‘10/10′ in his active days, however, had some advice for any coach coming to handle the Eagles. “He must have an insider who will give him the necessary tips to succeed.

“Äny coach who comes here and ignores the home-based players does so at his own risk because if you want to build an-all foreign-based team you will never get the best of Nigerian football. They will never give you their all,”Omokaro said, adding, “no coach goes to a country and would refuse to look inwards.”

He said former Eagles coach, Clemens Westerhof succeeded in 1994 because he had a lot of local players competing for shirts against their foreign-based counterparts.

“Look at how Martins played for his club the other day. Did he put half the effort he made playing for his club for the national team in Angola?”Omokaro asked, saying that foreign-based players play half-heartedly when featuring for the country.

Omokaro said the NFF must get a coach that can transform Nigerian football but was worried about the time between when the football house would complete the screening exercise before the coaches would be interviewed.


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