By Kate Obodo
Shame! Shame! and Shame! wereÂ the words used by Barrister Adokie Amiesimaka on the Nigeria Football Association, NFA to describeÂ the poor preparation of the Super Eagles for the 2010 World CupÂ with less than 40 days to the event.
According toÂ the former Sharks FC chairman, the lack of preparation for the teamÂ is soÂ ridiculous that he foresees disgrace and danger inÂ the end for the team in thecompetition.
Speaking on the huge amount paid as salary toÂ the coach to take Nigeria to the Mundial, the Port Harcourt based legal practitioner told Sunday Vanguard sports on phone that it is rather disgraceful forÂ a country that is wasting huge sums of money as salary on technical adviser, Lars Lagerback not to prepare her team for a competition like the World Cup.
â€œAfter squandering the equivalent of about three hundred million naira onÂ a failed foreign coach like Lagerback, and after waiting for the president ofÂ FIFA to tell us to our face that we are ridiculous people,Â that he can not understand how a reasonable country can behave the wayÂ we are behaving with our coaches.
That we are not even doing anything aboutÂ the World Cup for which we haveÂ squandered so much money, it is quite unreasonable that we are not preparing our team well.. It speaks volumes about our senselessness in public affairs. And what do you expect from Lagerback, honestly, it is a big shame that we lack preparation for the competition, especially a competition like the World Cup that is to be stagedÂ here inÂ Africa .
It is also unfortunate that the new minister Isa Bio is starting with how to rebuild some aspects of sports in the country. It will be a bit different from some of the others. But so far, one has really not seen anything remarkably different from the past. They are still going round and round, inspecting facilities. Facilities that have been inspected over and over again by the so-called professionals from the Nigeria Football Association without any result.
And that is just because we do not have a goodÂ institutional checks and balances. Nobody asks questions, so our public officersÂ act with impunity and recklessness. It is a big shame. It is also disappointingÂ that in the year 2010 we are still behaving as if we do not have to be focussed in anything,â€ he said.