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Local Eagles reject Amodu

By Fidelis Ebu
ABUJA — Amidst doubt that the redeployed Eagles’ technical crew would shun their new posting, the team’s chief coach, Shaibu Amodu, and his technical assistants have reported at the Nigeria Football Federation secretariat to indicate interest in their new assignment just as some of the players were disgusted over the presence of their new head coach.

Amodu was, however, whispered to join the team later but all his technical assistants that included Daniel Amokachi, Alloy Agu and Fatai Amao were at the NFF secretariat where they went to collect their training kits ahead March 3 first assignment against Niger Republic in Niamey.

Prior to his resumption, the NFF had directed that Amodu should resume with the home-based Eagles as he and his assistants were still in its pay-roll.

Remarkably, some of the players were disgusted that Amodu that snubbed them during the Eagles’ World Cup qualifiers and who repeatedly said local players were not good has now been drafted to take over their technical and tactical sharpness. They have no confidence in him.

The players that raised eyebrow over the alleged not-too befitting accommodation reserved for them in their preparation for their encounter against Niger Republic, have been relocated elsewhere in Life Camp with their handlers.

It would be recalled that Amodu had exclusively told Sports Vanguard in December that he would be stupid to invite home-based players to the 27th Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

He said this as he was finalising preparations for the tournament. It was a damning verdict on the home-based players, who he is now mandated to coach.


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