The Return of Amodu

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Return of a Coach

Submitted: May 07, 2008

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THE RETURN OF AMODU

It took the Nigerian Football Association a long time to appioint a new coach for the Super Eagles. The NFA Chaiman,Sani Lulu, was qouted as saying that due process must be followed soo ads to get a replacement for former coach, Berti Vogts. Was due pocess followed dorung the appoint ment of Vogts?

Amodu emerged from a list of 12 coaches thatvwere interviewed by the nations football ruling body in March. Samson Siasia, Stephen Keshi, before is appointment as Mali’s Technical Adviser, Sunday Oliseh were also present in Abuja for the interview.

NFA has chosen Amodu to take charge of the Eagles and the rest is history. The former Orlando Pirates coach has the experience and because he has been there twice, one expects him to deliver for Nigeria.

With Daniel Amokachi,Fatai Amao and Okey Emordi in charge of the local super eagles, Amodu will have good information about the local talents that are in the local league. He has pledged to learn from mistakes of the past. This time, one expects him to be closer to the players, NFA and the media.

Football means a lot to Nigerians, because it is the only tool that makes us one and that is why it is crucial to always tread softly in administarative and technical matters of the game. In this age of modern technology, followers of the game know what is going on around the world. Amodu should not be afraid to injet new and fresh b lood into the team from the age-limit teams.

It is howvever importrant to note that the new crew needs Siasia in the grooming of new generation eagles. He has done a great work with the Olympic team and the former international will continue to be relevant because the future belongs to the youths and, incidentally his boys are the future Eagles. Coach Ladan Bosso of the U-20 team should also be ready to assist the Eagles crew in raising a formidablle team in their quest to qualify for the 2010 World Cup to take place in South Africa and theNnations’Cup coming up in Angola same year.

The NFA however should not take the coach and his crew for granted. They deserve respect as professionals. The hours they should spend on the pitch with the players, resting or strategizing should not be spent at the Glass house to pursue approval of funds for the team. When Vogts was in charge, he was well respected and same must be done to our indigenous coaches in charge.

The Eagles also have a huge role to play to ensure that Amodu delivers. The players should be told to either shape up or ship out. No player is too big for the country. They should be ready to respect the camp rules. Arrival to camp for matches is very important. Some of them might decide to arrive in camp a day or two to matches since it is a Nigerian in charge. Indiscipline of any form should not be tolerated. The players should show commitment whenever they come to play for the Eagles like they do in thier respective clubs. Although some have argued that the clubs pay their salaries, they should not fogert that if they have not played for the country at the international scene and gain exposure, no club would have taken note of them.

Amodu is well come bck to the hot seat and it is belived that with his third coming, he will prove his mettle and the accolades of being the best indigenious coach in the country.

Welcome back, Shuaib!

By Oladipo Olatilewa Ishola Of Mass Communication HND II


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