The coach is not happy with the timing of the MRS test on his players which he said is coming so close to the commencement of the cadet championship.
Consequently, he has warned that Nigerians should not expect so much from his team because the technical crew may not be able to get suitable replacements for the players who were integral members of the team.
“How am I now expected to screen new players in this short time and produce a good team? If these boys are removed now, Nigerians should not expect us to do well at the World Cup because it will be very difficult to identify new players and build a strong team.” He said.
Reacting to the “predicament” of the Eaglets coach in an interview with Trustsports, the former chief coach of Super Eagles Mr. Christian Chukwu and Lumumba Dah Adeh, proprietor of JC Raiders and former House of Representative member advised that the coach should not expend more time and energy complaining as what is expected of him is to quickly look for suitable replacements for the players.
Chukwu said what the coach needs is the co-operation of all stakeholders in the game, especially the association of football coaches in Nigeria.
He noted that if Obuh consults some of his colleagues who would be willing to lend a helping hand, the task of getting replacements for the players would not as difficult as he is imagining.
“I advise him to reach out to some of his colleagues and the help he needs desperately will not elude him. Some of the coaches have on their fingertips names of hidden talents who are within the stipulated age. If he takes his problem to the right colleagues, he will surely overcome the present hurdle.
“I understand how he is feeling but the truth is that something can still be done to surmount the obstacle. I therefore call on other coaches to rally round their colleague so that he would be able to raise a formidable team to represent Nigeria”
.He, however, blamed coach Obuh’s predicament on players who most times under declare their age just to be given the opportunity to play in the age grade competitions.
The former Green Eagles captain noted that had it been those players who have been exposed by the MRS test were honest enough to declare their exact ages, the coach would have been saved the present troubles.
“You see most times the fault is with the players who hide their real ages. In order to be selected, most players don’t disclose their true age as they know that it would disqualify them. Now FIFA has employed a new method and there would no hiding place for those who are clearly over aged”
Speaking in the same vein, one time contestant for NFF presidency, Lumumba Adeh charged the Eaglets coach to get down to work as further lamentations would simply sap what is left of the remaining players’ confidence.
He said the coach should make the best use of the time left as he maintained that with the right approach, the team’s technical crew would be able to replace the players with even better ones.
“It is not too late to get replacement for the players. Nigeria is blessed with abundant talents and no one should think that without the players found to be over aged, the team will not do well.”
Lumumba expressed worry over the development but thanked God that the discovery has been made in time so that the necessary adjustments can be made.
“It is better now than later. Had it been the players were sent packing during the championship, the embarrassment would have been enormous. It happened before and we don’t want a repeat of such disgrace” he stated
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