Someone needs to explain to me how Nigerian sport got to this sorry past. Lars Lagerback becomes Nigerians’ 35th National coach! in a country that would just be 50 in October. The world cup takes place every four years, it therefore means that Nigeria has had only 12 chances at the world cup, of which it has qualified 6 times (starting from 1990).
It’s important to recite the numbers again, just so we can point out the inconsistencies in our football management. If Lagerback becomes the 35th Coach, it means that Nigeria changes its coaches an average of 3 coaches every 4 years. Any surprise at the result we get at the World Cup?
Come to think of it, what magic did we expect Lagerback to deliver to us within 4 months? Let’s talk about his fat salary for starters, is it not an irony that the guy gets to pocket 195 Million Naira with pecks within 4 months when Shuaibu Ahomdu, the coach that got Nigeria the qualification in the first place, goes home with a paltry 30+ Million in a Year. Haba Dudu (Black man) una wickedness too much.
Just so that my comparison is seen to be fair, I went on the web to do some research on the two coaches and found some startling things. This Lagerback that Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) considers is the Nigerian messiah actually resigned as his country’s national team coach because he could not get them qualification for the World Cup. How convenient! Like there would some work for him to do till the year end after such a woeful outing? That is the guy, NFF and Nigerian aficionado believe would wrought magic in South Africa. Compare for yourself.
Am not expecting magic in South Africa but then we are a country in denial, we live on hope where there seem to be no one. We wax spiritually, if need be (that is God’s will for us), when that fails as it often does (remember other teams serve God too), we switch to the blame game, after all we never prepared, and the boys are too lazy and too proud: you would think they held us at gun point to put them in the team? And finally when that fails too, we blame the weeping boy: “Government”!. I wish I have met that guy called “Government”; I would commend him, for being such red neck and notorious person!
The hiring of Lagerback is stupid, ill timed and froth of parochial interests. The difference between Ahmodu and Lagerback is not much, except that Lagerback is WHITE, from Sweden and he has the BALLS to ask for such a huge figure (i.e. salary) and he got it. Ahmodu even though has one (am talking about his Balls) is too Nigerian and familiar for us to give him the respect he deserves… Pull Him Down (PHD) syndrome will not allow us. Bad Belle people would ask what KIND of work has he done (or is going to do) to deserve such money! For those of us who does know (and most likely will never know) is what Lagerback and his cohorts want to show us in June in South Africa. I am keeping my fingers crossed. Just don’t say I did not tell you guys not lose any sleep oh.
Hiring Lagerback to me is akin to recruiting a house help in October, no matter what type of human resource (HR) skills you may possess, you are apt to selecting and getting a house help that has been rejected by many madams, tossed around and they have sworn that that they would rather not have a house help than to have them (and you know anything that can push a Naija woman to swear…)
Nigeria has money to waste! Its selection process re-confirms it. They should have just let Ahmodu be but bad belle people had their way. I rest my case.