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Eagles may be swallowed at the World Cup, Owolabi

By Kate Obodo
WITH 32 days to the kick-off of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa there are palpable fears that Nigeria may after all be heading for another jamboree.


Former Green Eagles winger and one time Shooting Stars of Ibadan player, Dr.Felix Owolabi says it is unbelievable that Nigeria cannot beat her chest that she has players to prosecute the World Cup.

According to him, it takes three to four years to prepare adequately for the World Cup “but in our case, it is rather unfortunate that we cannot boast of a team yet.”

“It takes a very long time for any country to prepare for a global event like the World Cup. I mean it should take a period of four years for a national team to begin to prepare for a World Cup.

But looking at this scenario compared to what is happening in Nigeria, you will discover that the level of our preparation is not good enough. Unfortunately, most of these players chosen by Lars Lagerback are same old players Shaibu Amodu took to Angola that did not do well.

Most of them were injured while some are not playing prominently in their clubs. At the end of it, Lagerback told Nigerians that he was going to bring the best Nigerian players that have not played before but to my greatest surprise he invited same old players. Now we have a few weeks to the World Cup, yet Lagerback has not assembled the players. It is so unfortunate that every thing is happening like this.

This goes to show that there is no football character. He invited the players without seeing them. There is a big difference between the two. Whether they are fit or not, nobody knows. How many weeks to the event, no friendly matches yet. All these are my fears. I am not saying Nigeria is not serious, this is just what I feel.

As a new coach, I thought the only way he can know players ability, was by playing friendly matches. Without this, how is he going to understand these players? If we are not careful, South Africa will swallow us,” Dr. Owolabi concluded.


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