By Philips Adefioye
Former Chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, retired Col Abdulmumuni Aminu says Nigerians should not expect Lars Lagerback to win the 2010 World Cup slated for South Africa next month.
Col Aminu said that the Super Eagles technical adviser has the capacity to select the best Nigerian players to make something meaningful out of them at the World Cup which is about a month away but not to win it.
The former military administrator of the old Bornu State advised that football fans should be patient with the Swede because he was newly appointed, adding that he will definitely take the Super Eagles to a reasonable level at the World Cup.
â€œLagerback will take Nigeria to a reasonable level at the World Cup despite the short period he was appointed as the Super Eagles technical adviser because of his level of coaching and experience.
â€œFor me, I have confidence in the coach and our players because when you donâ€™t expect the best from them, that is when you get it. What I think the NFF should do, is to really prepare them and boost their morale ahead of the event and as well ensure that their needs are met,â€ he said.
Concerning the performance of the home based Super Eagles at the just concluded West Africa Football Union ,WAFU tournament in Abeokuta and Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, Col. Aminu said that one or two of the players should make the final team to the World Cup based on their performance.
â€œAt least six home based players have been penciled down for screening and I believe that at the end of the whole show, one or two of them will make the final list of Lagerback. I am not saying that Nigeria will bring the cup to the country but I know that we will do well if the right things are on ground,â€ he said.