Accommodate More Ex-internationals in Eagles’ Set-up, Amoo Urges NFF


Former Flying Eagles assistant coach and the immediate past Technical Adviser of 3SC, Fatai Amoo, has called on the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), to accommodate more people on the national teams’ set especially the ex-internationals.

Amoo, who is not impressed with the Super Eagles’ performance at the just-concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup said the call has become necessary because having seen that the backroom staff of the national teams of Belgium, Croatia and the like when taking pictures at the end of the Mundial showed that most of the backroom staff were former national team players.

“I would like to start by saying that there is need to resolve the current crisis rocking the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). This is not healthy for our football,” Amoo began.

“I don’t want to dwell on the negative side of our World Cup participation. As far as I am concerned, Eagles did not leave up to expectation despite being in a very difficult group.

“I believe that they ought to have made it to at least the 2ndround of the competition but they allowed Argentina to carry the day. That was a match that had they tarried a while, they would have made it to the next stage of the competition because they only needed a point in that game,” Amoo explained.

“That Croatia played in the final of the championship showed that they are a very good side. “The fact that Eagles conceded only two goals also showed that we even tried because Croatia handed two time world champions, destroyed Argentina 3-0,” Amoo explained.

Continuing he said: “Now that the World Cup has come and gone, there is need for the authorities to emulate how other countries run their football. I mean, the authorities should look a way of accommodating more people into the national team set-up as it is done in other countries.

“I was thrilled when at the end of the World Cup I saw a lot of people who trooped out to take pictures with the Belgian national team same with Croatia. That is the way it should be,” Amoo declared.

“All those people who flock the Belgian and Croatian national teams during their picture shoots are former national team players. That is exactly what the NFF should have done for some of our former players.

“Accommodate them and make them part of the national team set up. I believe that the national teams have the capacity to accommodate more people than they are presently constituted,” You could see many people who are the backroom staff of these two teams, they were many and I can assure you that they are

Meanwhile, the former 3SC technical adviser has frowned at the exclusion of some talented young players to the Eagles squad to the World Cup. He explained that he is yet to recover from the omission of the Nwakali brothers (Chidiebere and Kelechi) from the Eagles’ World Cup squad.

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