By Eddie Akalonu
Nigeria Premier Football League top scorer, Isar Akor of Heartland FC Owerri says he would not honour his invitation to be part of the nation’s Beach Eagles in the belief that that aspect of football does not flow within him.
“I have pleaded with the coaches and NFF to leave me out of this beach football and I will continue to plead that they leave me out because I don’t know anything about beach football. I don’t want to be associated with it,” he said, adding “they have continued to call me to report to national camp but I have told them I don’t want to play beach football.”
Players have been invited for preparation ahead of the 2014 championship in South Africa with Nigeria drawn to face Ivory Coast in a first round eliminator in June with the return leg tie billed for the first week of July.
However, the former Eko United and Crown FC Oshogbo attacker told Vanguard in an exclusive interview that he would make his services available for the home-based Eagles if given an invitation ahead of the next African Nations Championship, CHAN in South Africa.
“That’s where I know I can exhibit my talent to the fullest and not in beach football that they want me to play,” he said.
Told that beach football is new to the country and that players invited are put through intensive introduction and orientation in camp by the coaches, Akor, who leads the scorers chat with seven goals, still would not bulge, saying “ I don’t want any part of it. I don’t think I can fit into that one.”