By Jacob Ajom
He has had a taste of controlling stubborn but abundantly endowed talents in his days as national team coach. The likes of Tarila Okorowanta and Etim Esin are just two of the stubborn players veteran coach, Paul Hamilton would easily recall when he relieves his personal experience as coach and the need to instill discipline in a team.
Hamilton says Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia was right to have dropped West Brom striker Osaze Odemwinge from the national team . “I support the action because it is the right step in the right direction,” Hamilton said.
“Siasia is in charge and whatever he feels will bring stability, discipline, peace and harmony in his team, he is free to apply it,” Hamilton said.
He sees the outcry in some quarters over the issue as being only sentimental. “It is not good to give a man a job and still dictate to him how he does it. It doesn’t really matter ho anybody feels about this case, Siasia has the right to drop any player who he feels has broken camp rules. Discipline must be maintained. No matter how good a player is he cannot be above his coach or feels bigger than his colleagues in camp,” the former national team handler said.
But Hamilton who before becoming a coach was a national team star believes Siasia’s action will send a positive message to the other players in the team. “It is clear that by his action, he is telling the rest that nobody is above constituted authority and that all of them are subjected to the same set of rules.” The veteran coach equally believes that the man in the eye of the storm, Osaze Odemwinge should draw some lessons from the unfolding scenario “I just hope he will derive some lessons from this.”.