EAGLES' WORLD CUP PREPARATION, IT'S GETTING LATE, HAMILTON TELLS LAGERBACK
Following the release of the 30-man provisional list by Super Eagles' Coach, Lars Lagerback, former Green Eagles' coach, Paul Ebiye Hamilton, has called on the Eagles' handler to commence preparation for the World Cup immediately without further delay. Hamilton made the call while granting interview to Sunday Sunsports at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Tuesday.
According to the former captain of the national team, he's now relieved, because the provisional list would be used by the Swede to see what he could do with the squad before the competition begins next month.
He said that he needed to make this call because we only have about one month to the kick off of the hostilities in the Nelson Mandela's country.
'I'm happy that Lagerback has released his 30-man provisional list of players from which he will choose the 23 players that will represent Nigeria in the South Africa 2010 World Cup.
'Before now, I have been worried because of the inactivity in our preparation for the mundial. But bringing out the list now is a step in the right direction. Now, I expect him to start the team's preparation for the World Cup immediately because we have no time to waste again.
'If Lagerback starts the preparations immediately, I believe he could still mould the boys to his taste for the competition. I know the time is short, but I believe that our boys have what it takes to make good impact in South Africa with a little touch.'
However, Hamilton stated that he's a bit confused to hear Lagerback's confession after releasing his provisional list that he does not know much about Nigerian players, and wondered why a coach would invite a player he does not know much about to camp. It will be remembered that the Eagles' technical adviser recently acknowledged that he does not know much about Nigerian players.
'I'm confused by the confession of Lars Lagerback that he does not know much about Nigerian players. How can somebody who does not know much about a player invite him to camp? What are the criteria he used to invite the players since he does not know much about them? the 'Wonder Boy' queried.
'I am worried. I still cannot come to terms with that confession. What magic did he use in arriving to his decision on who to invite and who not to invite to camp?'
The former international, however, said that one good thing about the appointment of Lars Lagerback, as manager of the national team, was the priority the Swede placed on discipline, which the team needs to succeed.
'During his interaction with local coaches, Lagerback told them that any player who works with him must show high level of discipline and any player who wants to play for the national team, must show commitment and respect to the national colours. I believe the coach will restore discipline to the team.
'It would be recalled that prior to his appointment, the attitude of most of our players was nothing to write home about, if he would help us to restore discipline in the team, it would be a plus for him,' he added.