Greece's defender Vasilis Torosidis falls on the pitch after being kicked by Nigeria's midfielder Sani Kaita (unseen) during the Group B first round 2010 World Cup football match Greece vs. Nigeria on June 17, 2010 at Free State Stadium in Mangaung/Bloemfontein. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO

By Tony Ubani
There were so many unanswered questions yesterday for Nigeria’s coach, Lars Lagerback, over the fitness of his players in their annoying 2-1 loss to Greece.

Lagerback had repeatedly said that there were no injury worries in his team, noting that the Eagles MUST beat Greece. During the trainings that were opened to the press, he never engaged the team on serious tactical trainings apparently to avoid being spied by others.

But there are serious questions following the self-inflicted injuries on Taiye Taiwo and Elderson Echiejile on the fitness of the players. Foreign journalists asked me over and over yesterday on what happened to the team. “Where they physically fit for this match?

Was this the same team that sparkled against Argentina and gave so much hope? Is Lagerback going to be retained after this abysmal performance?

Too many questions and only the Nigeria Football Federation boss who is seeking re-election and Lars Lagerback are in a better postion to answer them


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