Lagos - Former Super Eagles defender, Bright Omokaro has urged
the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to work seamlessly with Stephen Keshi to
build a formidable team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, rather than opposing the
Omokaro told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that
the authorities should dwell more on a successful outing in the 2014 World Cup
and curtail their penchant for unnecessary controversies.
The most recent of NFF and Keshi’s incessant altercation was
coach’s absence from the reception the president had for the Super Eagles after
the 2014 CHAN tournament.
The NFF accused Keshi of travelling without their
The recent Tom Tom roundtable parley Keshi had with sports
editors in Lagos on March 25, on a day he was supposed to meet with the NFA’s
Technical Committee added more to the furor.
“The basic problem is that they have started contradicting
themselves and complicating issues for Keshi. I believe the coach knows his
job. He was hired to qualify the team which he did. The NFF should give him
space to do his job, technically he is in charge and technically he knows what
the team needs.”
“NFF should concentrate on the logistics needed for the
Eagles to prepare rigorously and effectively for the World Cup,’’ he said.
Omokaro, who was a member of the silver winning Super Eagles
squad at the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco alongside Keshi, added that
he was not happy at the development.
“I’m not happy with the way things are being represented in
the media in recent times, they need to come together and settle things
amicably. Other countries are reconsolidating their teams and working hard on
getting in the best form for the World Cup in June.
“I believe they should sit and discuss the modalities
surrounding the national team and all other concerns,’’ Omokaro said.
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