By Kate Obodo
Former Nigeria Football Association, NFA Board member, Elder Bode Oyewole has advised Super Eagles technical adviser, Lars Lagerback, to select players that are capable and fit for the World Cup this summer in South Africa.
He was reacting to some officials of the NFA who saidÂ they have no idea of the playersÂ Lagerback has included in his provisional squad of 45 who he expects to screen for the World Cup.
And Elder Oyewole said that the decision ofÂ the Swede to keep the list to his chest was a good idea, stressing that the World Cup is a serious business and needs serious players for the competition.
He told Sunday Vanguard sports that the kind of players he feels are fit for the World Cup plan are those who are physically, mentally, psychologically and technically sound.
â€œI think his plan for the World Cup is good and could go a long way for our football. The World Cup is a very serious competition and because of this, only players that are capable should make the team.
â€œAlready he has 45 players on his list for the World CupÂ plans, but they should be players that are capable in all aspects. Players who feature regularly for their various club sides and not those who have not played for a very long time. His selection should be based on merit,â€Oyewola said.
On Lagerbackâ€™s strong backing forÂ former Enyimba coach, Daniel Amokachiâ€™s continued stay in the team as hisÂ assistant despite his woeful outing with the Home-based Eagles, Elder Oyewale said, â€œI do not see anything wrong in what he did, since he (Lagerback) still believes in him (Amokachi) he should go ahead,â€ he concluded.