FORMER Super Eagles coach, Shuaib Amodu has declared that Nigerians should not be carpeting present day Super Eagles players who show little or no commitment while lacing boots for the country.
Amodu who spoke Tuesday in Lagos during a media parley by Joseph Yobo Foundation ahead of the Yobo testimonial game billed for May 27 in Port Harcourt said it would be wrong for anybody to expect our players to want to “die” for the country when the nation’s leaders outside sports are not doing the same but milking the country dry.
He said today’s players are only getting wiser, against the backdrop of how they have been treated in the past, insisting that things would only change on the field when the country stops swimming in corruption.
“How do you expect the players to give their best when they know that our leaders are on a looting spree. You cant steal all the money and expect the players most of whom are from poor homes not to think of how to secure their futures first. This informs why we do well at the age grade level and flop at the senior level. The youth players fight to come to international limelight and secure contracts outside and after that turn their back on the country for obvious reasons. The only thing the country has provided them is probably nothing but the platform,” Amodu said.
The seasoned coach who is the National Technical Director was however full of praise for Yobo describing him as a player who sacrificed everything for the country.
He recalled how Yobo flew into Tunisia for a World Cup qualifier in a chartered private jet without seeking any refund and how he (Yobo) always surged forward from the defence to score vital goals for the country when all hopes seems to have been lost in crucial games.