Lagarback’s Super Eagles a continuation of Amodu’s?
A lot of happenings on the Nigerian football scene in the past month but none is surprising, rather annoying that we just fail to get things right.
Several friendliesincluding matches with North Korea, Ukraine, Greece and Portugal have been brandished as if everything is sealed but alas no single friendly is confirmed for Lagarback’s boys. Coming to Lagarback, he released a 44-man list to camp 6 weeks to the world cup isn’t that a joke? Eguavoen has been trying to defend the list Where his first opponents Argentina, are already reeling out the likely starting line up for the day we are busy exploring.
Anyway that is expected too since we employed a new coach late February.
However I decide to look at the bright side and appreciate the fact that all the Angola squad were invited except two players, Nwaneri who has never had a business being part of our Super Eagles and the injured Yusuf Mohammed. This means we will have a high level of continuity and the fact that Lagarback would not be starting all over.
Some commentary on this say that it is a continuation of Amodu in disguise although i can readily attest to that, i hope that 4-6 ‘new’ players will make the team.
Like the last write up where we listed about 4 players in Ajilore, Ike Uche, Adeleye and Haruna to make the team i will want to look at boys from Angola team who may be left out.
1. Seyi Olofinjana (Defensive Midfield) out: in Oluwafemi Ajilore (Attacking midfield)
2. Obinna Nwaneri (Central Defense) out: in Ayodele Adeleye(Central defense)
3. Mohammed Yusuf(Right Full back) out: in Olubayo Adefemi (Right full back)
4. Ayila Yussuf (Defensive midfield) out in Lukman Haruna (Attacking midfield)
5. Kanu Nwankwo(Forward) out: in Ike Uche (Forward)
Fringe players remain
3. Utaka John
4. Utaka Peter etc
I actually do not expect any major surprise apart from the possibility of Nwankwo Kanu making the team and a player like Haruna or Ajilore being dropped. Sani Keita and Shittu’s places are also shaky. It will however be very hard to drop Kalu Uche who seem to be hitting form with his club about now. All the likes of Yakubu, Martins and Obinna Nsofor are almost a sure bet. They are boys the coach will most likely judge based on their past performances and the fact that they are still getting games with their clubs here and there. Or what about injuries, fresh ones are still possible though we pray against it.
Another thing that occurred in the news earlier today is the issue of NFF not able to obtain British Visas for the 6 home based players called to camp by Lagarback. Like they scuttled Amodu’s 33 man list to the South African camp then, they are on the way to scuttling Lagarback’s plan to at least expose these home based boys to better training and facilities.
The reason they say is that their passports are with WAFU since they took part in the just concluded cup tournament but my question is where is WAFU? The passports should have been retrieved by Saturday evening after the finals or at most Sunday morning. Okay, what if they were shipped to WAFU office in Abidjan, how long does it take to travel down there and back? Is it Australia we are talking about? God help us.
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