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Amiesimaka’s caustic verdict for the World Cup is:Eagles’ll flop in South Africa

By Patrick Omorodion
As Super Eagles technical adviser, Lars Lagerback and the Nigeria Football Association, NFA continue their  hide and seek game over the final list of players to be invited for camping, football critic and lawyer, Barrister Adokie Amiesimaka has told Nigerians not to expect anything from the team at the World Cup.


Speaking at the weekend on a Brila FM radio sports programme monitored in Lagos, Amiesimaka said even if Lagerback combs all the European countries for players for the World Cup, the team would not perform any spectacle in South Africa.

He said the reason  is that Nigerian players have reached their limit and cannot go beyond the mediocre level they have been performing lately, especially during the Africa Nations Cup in Angola.

“We don’t have good players anymore. Our players are all struggling  now.  If  Lagerback likes let him bring the players from any part of Europe, they cannot do more than they are doing  now. We won’t go anywhere at the World Cup and Lagerback cannot perform any magic,” the former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Rivers State told the radio station on phone.

According to the former chairman of Sharks Football Club of Port Harcourt, the only panacea to the country’s dwindling fortunes in football is the development of the game from the grass-roots where talents abound.

As if in agreement with Amiesimaka, president of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Raufu Oladipo speaking through another medium,, expressed doubt over the ability of the Eagles to stamp their authority at the 2010 World Cup like they did in their debut in 1994.

“We don‘t have the team that boasts of the quality that we had in 1994, therefore, the national team of today needs extra inspiration and that is what we want to offer,” Oladipo said in reaction to the use of the vuvuzelas to support teams during matches.

He said for the present Eagles to be motivated to raise their game, the need the traditional support of the talking drums, trumpets and songs from the supporters club which he heads.


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