By Philips Adefioye
Exclusion of the Everton striker, Victor Anichebe from the finalÂ list of Lars Lagerbackâ€™s 23 man squad to the World Cup has been described as a most unfortunate omission.
Former Green Eagles player, Paul OkokuÂ who said this in an exclusive telephone interview from his United State base said that Anichebeâ€™s non inclusionÂ has exposed part of the dirty deals in the selection of the players in the nationalÂ team.
Okoku, a squad member of the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations silver medal winning team in Cote dâ€™IvoireÂ lamented that no player in the teamâ€™s attack merits the position better than Anichebe,Â pointing outÂ that there are some elements in the Nigeria Football Association, NFA who are dictating to Lagerback. The one time player of the defunct Leventis United Football Club of Ibadan stressed that some of the players have godfathers who want themÂ included in the team.
â€œNigeria football will continue to experience retrogression with this act of injustice. We have players but the people administering this lovelyÂ round leather game have constitute nuisance to the game.
â€œEven some ex footballers on the board of the NFA have disappointed us, they are not protecting the interest of the game but are there for what they will gain.
I must tell that you in our attack, aside Osaze Odemwingie, there is no other player that can penetrate the Argentine defence. Anichebe is a player that can never be intimidated by any defender. He is strong, skillful, fast and never jittery. He is a player that terrorises defenders, energetic and tenacious on the ball.Â It is worrisome that it is such a player that pleased Lagerback to drop and he is claiming he has a crack team,â€ he said.
The ex Flying Eagles player to the 1983 World Youth Championship in Mexico under tutelage of late Chris Udemeze said players like Nwankwo Kanu, John Utaka and Danny Shittu have no business being in the team, adding that Ikechukwu Ucheâ€˜s omission was not as painful as Anichebeâ€™s because Uche was just recuperating from injury.