Nigeria football: "We need to learn from the past, but don't livein it..."
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 learning tools.
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, among others.
Why does he need to call players near or above 30 years for a friendly match? In my opinion, there is no organization or a serious plan for La Seleccion.
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 colours.
As coaches, we need to take this Eagles and teach them to fly in formation...