Amodu A None Factor - Super Eagles Riding Its Luck To 2010 World Cup
By Finidi (Cybereagles.com)
Published February 21, 2010
This team qualified for the world cup, in spite of Amodu. This is arguably one of the easiest world cup qualifying groups that Nigeria has ever been placed. However, Amodu nearly bungled it with his senseless tactics and poor player selection. It is not a secret to the world of soccer that this Nigerian team under Amodu is poor. Just like Osaze put it, Nigeria has been riding its luck for so long. I watched referees even help Nigeria qualify for the world cup; cases in point include games against Kenya in Nairobi and the match against Mozambique in Maputo.
Amodu has criminally kept off the team young talents, fringe players, and home-based players without giving them any genuine chances to fight for spots in our national team? Have you considered players like Peter Utaka, Rabiu Ibrahim, Solomon Okoronkwo, Brown Ideye, Adeleye, King Osanga, Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke, and even Shittu Daniel, Onyekachi Apam and so many others that Amodu refused to give genuine chances while playing mediocre players like Obinna Nwanneri, Seyi Olofinjana, and Yakubu as starters in the National team? Having considered players that just completed the under 21 and Under 17 world cup whom Amodu refused to take a look at while forcing injured and unfit players? Does he think that the home-based players in the Nigerian Premier League are allergic to success and the Super Eagles? Amodu incredibly refused to give a single home-based player a chance in more than 2 years as the Super Eagles coach. Amodu will instead take dead-weights to friendly games or even out-rightly refuse to play one rather than give younger, fringe players and even home-based players an opportunity to play for their dear country. Is that not insane and unfair?
Nigerian football fans are fed up with this unholy love affair between Amodu and Sani Lulu's NFF. How long can the fans suffer in silence?Super Eagles fan love the Super Eagles too, and they also want the best for them.
Amodu is not a sacred cow here. He did not help himself. He left too much room for what is going on here today. He was paid for a job done, and the NFF, are not obligated to take him tothe world cup. This is not about Amodu, neither is it about his feelings. This is about Nigeria as a nation, and about pride as a good-soccer-playing country. I wish Amodu well. I want him to continue to enjoy success and great wealth. I am all for paying Amodu to stay behind and stay out of the National team. If Amodu will go tothe world cup with this team, the arrangement should be in such a way that he will not be the ultimate and final decision-maker for the team. He has to work with and under someone that can really coach, and give younger and deserving players a chance. A foreign coach will not do either.
Life is not fair. Favor is not fair. Amodu's actions have not always been fair to other folks. Let Amodu get with the program, it's called life.
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