By John Egbokhan
Former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Col Abdulmumuni Aminu has said Coach Lars Lagerbackâ€™s 23-man list for the World Cup was an improvement of the one Coach Shuaibu Amodu used in prosecuting the last Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
Reacting to the 23-man Eagles list released yesterday by the 62 year-old Swede in London, Aminu, singled out the inclusion of FIFA Under-17 World Cup winning captain, Lukman Haruna as the highpoint of the team, which arrived South Africa yesterday, for the final phase of their World Cup preparations.
Speaking to Sports Vanguard, Aminu, who is a member of the Presidential Task Force set up by the President to ensure Nigeriaâ€™s qualification for the World Cup in South Africa, said that what would determine the height that the Eagles would soar would depend on the tactics of Lagerback and attitude of players
â€œThis is somehow different from what Amodu gave us at the Nations Cup. The inclusion of Haruna in the setup is good. The boy played well against Colombia. I suppose that the coach knows what he intends to achieve with the players and how he wants to achieve those targets.
â€œI feel that we should give the coach a chance to prove himself with these players in the squad because only he knows their true strengths and weaknesses. If what I saw them play against Colombia is an indication of things to come, I think that the team would ruffle some feathers at the World Cup.
â€œOn the exclusion of Victor Anichebe and Ikechukwu Uche from the final list, I would want to believe that Uche has not fully recovered to lead our attack at the World Cup and that Anichebe would still have his time in the near future and that Lagerback opted for a blend of experience and youthfulness, in choosing his attackers.”