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Lagerback can’t perform miracle with Eagles

By Bridget Amaraegbu
Moments before Lars Lagerback was unveiled as Super Eagles new Technical Adviser in Abuja on Wednesday, renowned cleric and sports administrator, Rev (Dr.) Moses Iloh told Saturday Vanguard sports that the Swede will not perform any miracle with the team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

According to the former president of the Nigeria Cycling Federation, the time between his appointment and the World Cup is too short and therefore “It is difficult for any miracle to happen in such a short time,” as he reiterated his stand that the country does not need a


foreign coach now.

The former top shot of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) however, said that one thing the appointment of Lagerback will bring to the Eagles is discipline which he said was lacking in the team.

“One thing I am confident of is that the Swedes are strict people so I believe he can at least instill some level of discipline in the Super Eagles,” he said, adding that “the Super Eagles we have today, I’m sorry to say, are not patriotic and committed. We need very anxious young men, a brand new set of players.”

The Imo-born cleric described the one million US dollars salary for Lagerback in five months as ridiculous but added that it suits the country as the people are always in a hurry to get things done. “The amount Lagerback is getting is exorbitant but that is Nigeria for you. We’re always in a hurry so we must pay the emergency bill,” Rev Iloh said.

He said that he does not have faith in the present board of the FA to take football to the next level as they are a bunch of confused people.

“As for the NFF, I don’t believe in them. If not that we are in a democracy, I’ll say disband them. It’s been a house of complete confusion with the present NFF,” he said adding that he would not support their return for a second term and “ I’m not looking up to them for anything.”


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