By Onochie Anibeze
Thanks Mr. Udeh. I appreciate your contribution.

I want to continue from the last point you made which was on complementing the efforts of Emenike in Eagles attack.

The situation in Eagles is similar to the current one in our track and field where Nigeria has become a one-athlete nation. Blessing Okagbare is the only world class athlete Nigeria has and the whole country, for now, banks on her for medals from the Olympics to the World Championships. Our hopes crash if she falls sick or fails in any of  these events.

Osaze Odewengie and Ike Uche

Too bad. Imagine Eagles attack without Emenike! We saw it at the FIFA Confederation Cup. And we saw his impact in Ethiopia during the World Cup qualifiers in Addis Ababa and in Calabar. Imagine if he didn’t play that match in Ethiopia. Brown Ideye has repeatedly failed to live up to expectations as a good support striker. I don’t think he has the quality to feature in the World Cup.

Some Nigerians think Shola Ameobi could fit in. I hope so. But he has to play more games with the Eagles to blend well with our style and understand his mates better. I saw Ezekel Imo against Mexico and I want to see him in more matches. Unfortunately, time doesn’t appear to be our friend now. The World Cup is already here.

It is against this background that I join Mr. Ude in asking Ike Uche to quickly get in touch with Keshi and apologise like Osaze has done. A friend called me last week to comment on Mr. Udeh’s contribution which he read on line last Friday.

He said that aside the tactical indiscipline Ike Uche was reported to have not projected Keshi in good light before the former sports minister. In my column that Mr. Udeh referred to I recalled that the Segun Adeniyi Panel, which I served as a member, added in the code of conduct that players must not discuss technical matters with administration officials but should feel free to suggest ideas to their coaches.

Whatever wrong Ike Uche did, he should apologise to Keshi and pledge to be a good team player. Nigerians want our best in the World Cup. Yomi Jones is one Nigerian who believes in Nigeria and who gets excited to see Nigerians excel in various fields especially sports. Yomi Jones made a name in the aviation industry.

He was  Deputy General Manager, Lufthansa and one of those who made the German Airline very popular in West Africa before President Obasanjo charged him with the responsibility of reviving the Nigeria Airways and appointed him Managing Director. And he did a great job of it before saboteurs set in.

Yomi Jones has a story but for now he wants Nigeria to do well in Brazil and called last week to add voice to those appealing to Keshi to “forgive and accommodate all players who may help our team in Brazil.” But Jones insists on discipline and team spirit.

It is also on this note that I appeal to Keshi to reconsider Osaze Odewengie and Ike Uche if they apologise and he truly feels that they can help the team. If he feels otherwise and he knows of players who can work with Emmanuel Emenike in our attack in Brazil and produce results the choice is for him to make. The friendly matches and camping in USA will be crucial, critical and will determine a lot.

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