Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 December 2012

Nigeria: Kurfi Faults Laloko Over Choice of Home-Based for Nations Cup

A renowned football administrator, Alhaji Aminu Kurfi has picked holes in the advise by former Technical Director in the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Kashimawo Laloko that Super Eagles handler Stephen Keshi should not include a home-based player in his squad to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kurfi, a former Special Adviser to the former NFA Chairman, Col. Abdulmumini Aminu, stated that comments by Laloko indicate that he is out of tune with current trends in football coaching.

Similarly, Kurfi disagrees with Nigerians who are of the opinion that the Super Eagles should not be given a target at the 2013 African soccer show holding in South Africa.

According to him, the Super Eagles will benefit more if some local-based players are taken to the Nations Cup by Keshi, as they will have the opportunity to understudy the foreign-based professionals.

"I am one of those in support of what Keshi is doing with the national team, and I also support his decision to include some local players in his team to the Nations Cup next year. The home-based players should be part of the team to South Africa even if they are going to sit on the bench to understudy the established players, because this will help the national team in future. "For Laloko to say the home-based will disappoint at the Nations Cup and should not be included in the team means he is out of tune with current football coaching technicalities, and I disagree with him (Laloko) in totality", said Kurfi.

He also noted that between now to the Nations Cup proper, the Super Eagles have the time to play enough friendly matches to come out with a strong squad that would weave a wining pattern for the country at the African soccer showpiece.

On the issue of setting a target for the national team to the South Africa Nations Cup, Kurfi said that would ginger the team and bring out the best in the players as they face the rest of Africa's best.

"I don't want to join issues with those saying that nobody should set a target for the Super Eagles at the 2013 Nations Cup, but I believe that setting a target for the team would bring out the best in the players as they will strive to meet the target set for them", Kurfi noted.

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