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World Cup: NFA shuts out Okocha from Eagles

By Tony Ubani
ERSTWHILE Eagles skipper, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, would not be allowed to see the Eagles or even assist in giving useful tips to the players when Lars Lagerback rolls out his army against Diego Maradona’s star-studded team on June 12 and other subsequent matches.


Okocha pathetically said yesterday that he would have loved to be with the Eagles but informed that he would instead be with the Presidential Task Force, PTF.

“I would have loved to be with the Eagles but now I will be with the PTF. You cannot go where you are not needed. The NFA did not consider me good enough to be with the team.

It could be because of my personal issues on the state of our football that made them push me aside. I’ll love to assist but there is no provision for me to be in the team or even have access to the team”, Okocha, a member of the PTF, said.

Okocha together with Larry Izamoje (Chief Executive of Brila FM) and former skipper of the Green Eagles, Segun Odegbami (MON), briefed the Press yesterday where they announced a N20 million donation to Dr. Rafiu Ladipo-led Supporters Club to enable them provide support for the Eagles in South Africa.

Spokesman of PTF, Izamoje, said that the PTF would also pay a special bonus to the Eagles to motivate them to fire on all cylinders at the World Cup.|

He informed that the salary of Swede Coach, Lars Lagerback, for the month of May had been paid and remitted to his account on May 5. “There are no issues on his salary as we are more than capable in paying him.”

Speaking on the perceived cat and mouse relationship between PTF and NFA, Chief Odegbami said that their function was to complement the FA, noting that they would keep their distance and observe from a distance. “It’s only when there is trouble that the PTF intervenes.”

Izamoje, however, added that the PTF was apolitical and denied that they were interested in sponsoring somebody to take over the reins of the NFA.


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