By MERCY JACOB
… Idah, ex-Eagles media officer, says the Swede’s coming brought confusion
The last is yet to be heard on what transpired between the Eagles and Coach Lars Lagerback at the just concluded World Cup in South Africa where the team performed woefully. According to the Super Eagles’ former media man, Peterside Idah, who resigned immediately the Eagles were booted at the competition, the coming of the Swede coach to the team, his fresh ideas and tactics spelt catastrophe for the team.
The Eagles’ former safe hands said until African nations learn to give long term contracts to national team coaches and embrace developmental programme, there may be little or no change that they are clamouring for.
Idah made the revelation recently during a television programme in Supersport, where he said that the confusion caused by Coach Lagerback nearly mar the team’s last match against South Korea at the FIFA World Cup.
“ Shame to those clamouring for change, Idah began. We have problem in this country; we are always in haste, we hardly want to give time for building of a team. What we experienced in South Africa during the World Cup was a result of our lack of patience.
The team was thrown into total confusion in an effort to obey the voice of people who where clamouring for change of technical crew and we paid dearly for it at the Mundial. For me, if the technical crew led by Shaibu Amodu was allowed to continue, without throwing him out disgratefully, we might not have experienced such dismal outing as we witnessed in the Mundial. The coming of Lagerback, instead of being a blessing, turned out to be curse to the team and all of us suffered it. To tell you the truth, there is nothing like continuity when Lagerback came.
In a bid to please Nigerians and impress the stakeholders, different methods, different ideas were introduced, which ended up in confusion that disorganised the team. I’m not saying that he got it all wrong, but for the timing, it could not work. Looking at the time he was employed, it would be difficult for him to make any meaningful change. Infact, at a point, some of the players were finding it difficult to cope with his pace which resulted in what we saw at the World Cup. It got to a point the players were more or less choosing who to play and who not to play just to achieve result which they could not achieve.
What happened in Nigeria was not peculiar, it is a problem faced by most African nations African nations hardly stick to a coach for a long time without calling for change and they always pay dearly for it. They do it mostly to indigenous coaches. Change is good but not when it is wrongly done. We have to learnt from our last mistakes and are ready to introduce the real change, so that things will work out for us.
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