By MADUABUCHI KALU:
Former national team captain and coach, Christian Chukwu, has called on the newly appointed Super Eagles’ handler, Lars Lagerback to be a man of his own clout as he settles down to prepare the Super Eagles for the first ever FIFA organised World Cup on African soil. Chukwu made his call while sharing his feeling on Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s recommendation of two Nigerian coaches as Lagerback’s assistants.
According to the former Enugu Rangers’ captain and coach, Lagerback should not allow anybody to impose any assistant on him. Rather, his agents, who were instrumental to his landing the Eagles’ job, should be able to know much about Nigerian coaches and should be able to advise him on whom to pick as an assistant.
Chukwu advised Lagerback to go for honest coaches, who can assist him in preparing the national team for the mundial, which is about 100 days away.
“Lagerback should be his own man on the issue of who will assist him in the Super Eagles’ job he has at hand. He should be the person to select his assistant or assistants and must never allow anybody to impose assistants on him,” ‘The Chairman’ stated.
“Lagerback may not know much about Nigerian coaches, but his agent or agents, who helped him to secure the Eagles’ job should know better and, therefore, should help him in picking good and honest assistants, who will help him in carrying out the onerous task of preparing Nigeria for the World Cup. He needs somebody, who will tell him the truth about Nigerian players; that way his job will be easy,” he added.
The immediate past coach of Enugu Rangers further described the task before the former Swedish national team coach as enormous, stating that he has less than 100 days to prepare Nigeria for the biggest football competition on earth. Considering the short time at hand, Chukwu, therefore, suggested that Lagerback should ask for recent video clips of the national team to enable him assess the players.
“Less than three months is too short to prepare a national team for the World Cup, so I don’t know where to advice Lagerback to start from. We must agree that he has a very difficult assignment at hand; time is not on his side. He has just about 100 days to prepare his team for the World Cup in South Africa, which is not easy.
“However, considering the situation on ground, I can only suggest that he should quickly demand for the video clips of Eagles’ recent matches since he does not know much about Nigerian players. With the video clips he can begin to assess some of the players.
“But that is where his agents should come in and help him in getting honest assistants, who are able and are ready to help him in selecting good players for the national team,” the Eagles’ captain of 1980 Nations Cup winners said.
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