Lagos — Former Chairman of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (rtd), has appealed to Nigerians to allow the Super Eagles Head Coach, Shuaibu Amodu, a free reign to do his job.
Oneya, who made the appeal on a radio programme monitored on Wednesday, in Lagos, was reacting to the list of players invited by the coach for the Angola 2010 Africa Nations Cup billed to kick off January 10 in Luanda.
"I have heard and read comments of people saying that Amodu should have invited the home based players for the Nations Cup, and him saying that he does not have time to look at them. He has been given a job to do; we should allow him to do it. As a matter of fact, he has not said he is not going to use them. I think he should just be allowed to go ahead and field the team he has been using. By that, he will succeed."
Also, the former Kano state Military administrator said that there is nothing wrong in the 32 - man provisional list.
"People also argue that the list is bogus he should have reduced it to 23 or 25. But I am sure he is playing safe so that between now and then when they will come to the camp those people who are injured amongst them he, would be able to look at them and say thank or even when they come the medical team would be able to assess them and know the ones that are injured. I do not see anything wrong in Amodu naming or selecting that number of players. All we need to do is to ask the federation to give him the necessary support in the Nations Cup."
On whether the Eagles is going to Angola to make up the numbers, Oneya said he does not believe so.
"We are not going there to make up the numbers. We are going there to win. We should just leave Amodu to do what he knows best. If he fails, we can take him to task, and say, 'look, if you have done this or looked at that option. I do not think we should belabour the issue. If other countries are doing it, it does not mean we should do it. We should allow Amodu to go and put his plans into action at Angola 2010'."