By Eddie Akalonu
Technical Adviser, Lars Lagerback may have made his choice of players considering the number he has in his kitty already, besides planning ahead for the big fair in the hope that the Super Eagles could do well at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
However, Emmanuel Amuneke has said there is a conditionality for doing well, that is that the players must be able to adapt to Lagerbackâ€™s own philosophy as a coach. â€œLagerback has been moving fast, planning for the World Cup, but one vital issue there is that the players he has offered a chance to play must be able to adapt to his own philosophy as a coach. That is very important.â€
The former Eagles left- wing attacker said â€œLagerbackÂ has made a list that can be said to comprise ofÂ many if not the countryâ€™s best players, which is a good and positive sign that he has something to offer.
The issue however, is not whether he has met my expectations because I had urged him to go look for young players who are itching to represent their country, but that the players must key in to his level too, the intelligence, artistry, team work, the tricks and the character he presents as his own philosophy of coaching which are necessary ingredients he expects them to display on the field when the competition gets on.
So, the players, individually and collectively, must have such in mind that adaptation to Lagerbackâ€™s coaching philosophy is key to our having an outstanding World Cup.
All, in all, I can say there is reason to be hopeful of our team giving us cause to smile going by the level of activity embarked by the coach since he took over. But we must all admit that it is a World Cup, it is not going to be easy except we work exceptionally hard for the result,â€ Amuneke stated.