By Chinedu Victor
Former Super Eagles midfielder and member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee, Garba Lawal stated coach Gernot Rohr failed to discuss with them before making public the team list for the World Cup in Russia.
The German, on Sunday, released a 23-man-squad that will do battle for Nigeria at the FIFA Mundial that kicks off on June 14.
The former versatile Nigerian international revealed to The Guardian yesterday that none of the committee members was informed of the final list before it was revealed to the public. ‘’I got to know about the list about the list on social media like every other Nigerian. And I was surprised that the technical committee was not told about the list before it was made public.’’
‘’It seems we don’t know what we are doing. Rohr is the one that can answer Nigerians why members like Fanny Amun, Victor Ikpeba, Mutiu Adepoju were not consulted.’’
‘’At this moment, whether we say yes to Rohr’s list or not, there’s nothing we can do since the final squad has been named,’’ Lawal said.
‘’Mr Utility’’ as he fondly is called also said the coach should be in the best position to answer to complaints centred around the inclusion of Ogenyi Onazi but opened up about Uche Agbo being dropped. ‘’I’m particularly sad that a player like Uche Agbo, who played week in, week out for his club, Standard Liege of Belgium was not given a chance to prove his worth,’’ he stated.
‘’The guy is a utility player, who as a defensive midfielder, can operate as a defender in the middle and at both wings. Yet such talent was dropped without a look in. I still believe there are qualities in the team that can make us proud in Russia.’’