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The future is bright for Super Eagles, says Amokachi


Daniel Amokachi

Super Eagles Assistant Coach Nigeria Daniel Amokachi, expects Nigeria to do well in next year Nations Cup and World cup. The 36-year-old who had played in two World Cup finals, and won the 1994 African Nations Cup and the Olympic gold medal with Nigeria two years later, told Voice-online, a UK site that:

“2010 will see Africa host the World Cup for the first time, but before that we will have the African Cup of Nations. We know we can do well at both tournaments”

“The standard of football has become higher now, with many Nigerian players making an impact abroad. If you look at Jon Obi Mikel, Victor Anichebe and Joseph Yobo, you will see that they have risen to the top of their game in the best league in the world.”

Advising Nigeria to Victor Anichebe’s recent spat with his Everton manger David Moyes and the John Obi Mikel drink driving, Amokachi said the players as behaving ‘immaturely,’ and says they need to get their priorities right if they are to reach their full potential.

Speaking on the disastrous tenure of the appointment of Berti Vogts as Nigeria coach, a move that Amokachi says was doomed from the start.

“He would come over from Germany before a game, stay at the Sheraton Hotel in Lagos and then fly back to Frankfurt straight afterwards.

“It was never going to work, he never got to grips with the players or the Nigerian mentality, but certain people in the Nigerian FA felt he was the right man for the job.

“Now we have coach Shuaibu Amodu in place and he is doing a good job.” Amokachi is learning effective management with Amodu, and he sees no reason why he himself couldn’t become the national team coach. “I’m like a big brother to the players, they respect me and they know what I achieved on the pitch.”Nigeria News Online..Assemblyonline