Thursday, October 27, 2011

Doom looms for Nigeria

OFFICIALS of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, are growing gray hairs over the impending CAF U-23 Championship in Morocco which determines the African countries that would play at the London 2012 Olympic football event.
The championship holds in Morocco from November 26 to December 10th with the top three teams qualifying for the Olympic soccer event and the fourth placed team taking on a side from Asia in a playoff.
Uche, Siasia and Eguavoen
Nigeria has been placed in Group A with hosts Morocco, Algeria and Senegal. Nigeria also opens the curtains with Morocco on November 26 in Tangiers. But events leading to Nigeria’s outing in Morocco is giving officials of the Federation jitters. Currently, the Nigerian Olympic team have their camp in Benin City but Chief coach, Austin Eguaveon is all over Europe looking for players to save Nigeria from the impending doom of not qualifying.
A Technical committee source raised fears that the Olympic team may join the queue of Super Eagles and Super Falcons when he pointed out that the team are training without the chief coach.
“We are privileged to have such personality like Austin Jay Jay Okocha in the technical committee and recommended that he goes to scout for players while Eguaveon trains the team. Before we could say Jack, Eguaveon had abandoned his team and is in Europe begging clubs to release players in a competition that is not a FIFA event and which they are not obliged to enforce clubs to release players. It is a signal for doom. Okocha has the clout and is respected all over the world. Okocha will make more impact in Germany than Eguaveon. Yet, Eguaveon is the one begging coaches to release their players for him”, the worried source and a member of the Technical Committee complained.
There are question marks on Eguaveon’s merry-go-round trip. “Does it mean that he cannot get local players that will do the job for him? What will he tell the players when the championship begins?”
Another disaster appears to be lurking in the corner.