By Kate Obodo
Brigadier- General Emmanuel Okaro, was aÂ lonely voice in the wilderness when he called for early preparation with total concentration on the defence in the national team which he said is a problem which needed to be tackled, if the country must do well in South Africa.
His advice went unheeded and on Thursday Nigeria paid the ultimate price for paying deaf ears to the General, as they lost to Greece in their second Group B game.
Speaking with Saturday Vanguard Sports Gen. Okaro said its rather unfortunate that the country is ending her quest at the World Cup in a disgraceful and shameless way, having spent so much on the World Cup. He said the country failed to prepare the team and it was crystal in their performance.
He also called for a total overhaul of the teamâ€™s defence, adding that no magic would have helped with a faulty defence theÂ Super Eagles have. He also blamedÂ Kaitaâ€™s harsh action on the Greek player which he said contributed immensely to the teamâ€™s failure.
â€œIn this country truth is always bitter. We failed to prepare and we should not hope for the best. It is crystal clear that the team never played well as they should, and their match against Greece proved it. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. There is no magic or miracle to help.
I have also talked about our defence that they should do sometime but it seemed it was just a mere talk. Itâ€™s just bad that we do not take crucial matters serious. And because we failed to plan there is no miracle that can be performed as far as I am concerned.
Argentinaâ€™s inability to score more goals gave us the hope that we are up to the taskÂ and that we can beat the other two teams in our group.
It is very clear that Shittu and Yobo can not do the job of defenders. The two players just proved thatÂ they are not capable again, they should just hands up after the World Cup,â€ he concluded.