Argentina - Spain
The Argentine coach of Sunshine Stars FC in Nigeria, Rodolfo Zapata is one of
the international greatest coaches, known for inspiring the Argentina and
Nigeria National Teams to work as a team.
He has told allnigeriasoccer.com that Argentina need to use past mistakes as
Here are his winning strategies that inspire change. Motivate teamwork and
reveal the winner within us all:
Teamwork is the essence of life. Argentina National Team still can not find
the "path to follow"...
After a very poor participation in South Africa 2010, Argentina do not have a
serious plan for the future.
We need to learn from the past, but don't live in it. Executive Committee
keep making mistakes for the past 20 years.
Maradona Yes? Maradona No? After a woeful performance in the last World Cup,
Diego Maradona resigned his position as the Head Coach of Argentina.
We all know the emotional problems that Maradona has. Argentina National Team
showed the same problems of instability in the world cup. They beat opponents
that they "must" beat (Nigeria, Greece, Korea and Mexico), and they lost 4-0
to the first serious rival in the World Cup (Germany).
After that, Board Members appointed Sergio Batista as temporary coach. Prior
to this position, Batista was Head Coach of Argentina's U20 National Team. He
has not done a proper job but did not promote new talents.
On September 7, Argentina will play a friendly game against Spain in Buenos
Aires (Argentina). In order to play against the World Champion, Batista
committed a big mistake by calling players like Zanetti, Cambiasso, Heinze,
Why does he need to call players near or above 30 years for a friendly match?
There is no organization or a serious plan. Zanetti is 37 years old and he
will not have a chance to participate in Brazil 2014. The same goes for
players like Riquelme, Milito,Samuel, etc.
So why not give opportunities to young talents to showcase their talents in
the national team?
The major problem is that Argentina has no young players coming up through the
ranks again. This is the reason why I say that unfortunately Argentine soccer
has no future.
Something different could happen in Nigeria, where there are very many good
talents. So many exciting young prospects in the big leagues in Europe and
also playing locally.
It is time that players like Yobo, Kanu, Rabiu Afolabi, Shittu, Utaka, Odiah,
Yakubu, Uche and Etuhu make way for the young players. We should start
planning for Brazil 2014 now, as it's done in Europe.
The problem in the Super Eagles is the lack of organization. Nigeria should
have a serious plan. They should give priority to the Home Based National
Team until December 2012.
After this period, Nigeria will know if local players can play at competitive
level, and then incorporate foreign talents to the National Team.
Ahmed Musa, Osas Idehen, Daniel Adejo, Lukman Haruna, John Obi Mikel, Harmony
Ikande, Victor Obinna,Muhammad Shagari, Victor Anichebe, Solomon Okpako, Terna
Suswan, Sani Emmanuel, Fortune Chukwudi, Deji Joel and Ramon Azeez are the
future Super Eagles.
There are so many potential Super Eagles players waiting to answer the
national call. Nigeria needs players who are proud to defend the national
As coaches, we need to take this Eagles and teach them to fly in formation...
Head Coach, Sunshine Stars FC (Nigeria)