Amodu set to be axed?

2010-01-29 10:31
Shaibu Amodu (File)
Johannesburg - Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu faces an uncertain future after his Super Eagles lost 1-0 to Ghana in the AFCON semi-finals.

Rumours during the tournament suggested that Mozambique coach Mart Nooij would take over from Amodu regardless of Nigeria's success or lack of it.

And with Nigeria under performing for much of the competition, it looks as if his days may be numbered.

Asked if he would still be in charge to take Nigeria to the World Cup in South Africa, Amodu responded: "My contract with Nigeria expires in August.

"If I'm still in charge I will look at the deficiencies shown up at this tournament and look at areas of reinforcement."

Reflecting on this semi-final loss Amodu added: "Football is sometimes painful.

"I don't think we lost to a better side, we lost to a youthful and enterprising young side. So far my team is still not at its best.

"Before I left Nigeria I told the people back home clearly that we don't have the best team yet but that I was confident the boys are developing from match to match.

"The team has still not gelled, but this Nations Cup has provided us with an opportunity to test ourselves."

He rued a host of chances missed by striker Obafemi Martins.

"Martins had a lot of chances, I thought over 90 minutes one of them would go in.

"It's easy to criticise once a match is over. We just weren't able to get our attack right.

"We played so well but as soon as we went to sleep with one moment of madness leading to their goal." 


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