I will not overhaul Keshi’s team – Amodu
Super Eagles’ coach Shaibu Amodu has said he
would not do a total overhaul of the team left by
former Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.
Amodu returned to the Eagles job recently after
Keshi was sacked by the Nigeria Football
Federation following a string of weak
performances by the team in the 2015 African
Cup of Nations qualifiers which saw the team lost
two of their four matches and drawing one.
There has been widespread expectation among
the Eagles’ fans following Amodu’s appointment
on the method he would employ in the remaining
two crucial AFCON qualifiers but Amodu who
spoke on a Super Sport programme monitored by
our correspondent on Thursday said the time he
has for the job is too short to do a complete
overhaul of the Eagles.
Amodu said, “All the players who have been
playing for Nigeria are very good. We cannot
overhaul the team because we don’t have the
luxury of time.
“All we have to do is get them together and
reexamine where we are coming from, know
where we stand and decide how to get to our
destination with the remaining two games.
“I’m sure that by the time we properly psych them
and tell them how to go about it, we should be
able to get it done.”
The former Orlando Pirates coach also said he is
confident that the present technical crew of the
Eagles have what it takes to ensure their
qualification for the biennial competition.
He added, “I have been involved in football all
along because I am a CAF coach instructor. So,
there is nothing any coach wants to bring to the
table that I can’t bring too. I believe that the
present technical crew can qualify Nigeria for
On his botched appointment as the Technical
Director of the country’s National teams, Amodu
said the contract failed because there were loose
ends which could not be tied.
He added, “After working on the highest stage, I
preferred to work behind the scene and help
develop Nigerian football but after the
announcement was made, we didn’t agree on
certain things and I didn’t get to resume.
“But I believe that when I am through with this
assignment, I am sure we will go back to revisit it.”
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