By Tana Aiyejina:
A former Sweden-based player Yakubu Alfa believes the Nigeria Football Federation is right to pick Swede Lars Lagerback to manage the Super Eagles.
Alfa, a 2007 U-17 World Cup winner, spent two seasons in the Swedish top flight with Helsingborgs before he sealed a move to Belgian side Germinal Beerschot in January.
He told our correspondent on the telephone on Tuesday that Lagerback was a highly respected coach in his home country and hoped the former Sweden manager would bring his disciplinarian approach to bear on the Eagles.
He said, “Largerback is a very good coach and I am happy he was chosen to manage the Eagles at the 2010 World Cup. He is a highly disciplined man who has an eye for raw talents. He is very strict in terms of decisions and he is a coach I will like to play under.
“He is well respected because of his ability to groom young players to become stars. He did it with the Swedish national team, where several young players featured at international football and I hope he succeeds with Nigeria too.”
The former Niger Tornadoes of Minna player, who was also a member of the Flying Eagles to the 2009 U-20 World Cup, argued that some of the players that represented Nigeria in Egypt were capable of breaking into the Eagles for the World Cup.
“There is a need for the 2009 Flying Eagles players to be included in the final squad to the World Cup, just like the Ghanaian team did at the Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Hopefully most of the Ghanaian U-20 players in Angola will be at the World Cup. We can do it too if given the necessary exposure. I know if we are given the chance, we won‘t disappoint,” Alfa said.
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