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Amodu storm after Ireland draw

Shuaibu Amodu

Shuaibu Amodu's hold on his position as Nigeria coach looks increasingly insecure after he was the focus of angry scenes both during and after his team's 1-1 draw with Ireland.

A group of Nigeria supporters clashed with stewards at Fulham's stadium on Friday after they were told to take down a banner calling for Amodu's dismissal.

The demand sparked a minor scuffle which lasted for around a minute before an uneasy order was restored for the rest of the game.

Amodu then declined to attend the post-match press conference, sparking anger amongst the travelling media contingent from Nigeria.

Instead, his place was taken by the country's sports minister, Sani Ndanusa, who declined to go into detail when asked for his view on the coach's long-term future.

"He is not here now but you should not take it that way," Mr Ndanusa said when asked if the coach's no-show meant he had been sacked.

"He was the coach for this match, that is clear."

Amodu, who faced a furious backlash from supporters following the goalless draw against Mozambique in their opening World Cup qualifier.

The Super Eagles must now prepare for Tuesday's friendly with France and, more pointedly, next Sunday's competitive clash with Kenya in Abuja against a backdrop of increasing unrest.

At least Amodu can take solace from the fact that he can travel to Saint Etienne on the back of a well-earned draw, rather than a potentially catastrophic defeat.

Michael Enemaro marked a generally low-key occasion with a fine goal in the 30th minute to put his team in front at Craven Cottage.

Robbie Keane plundered a deserved equaliser for Ireland before the interval, a draw might just buy Amodu some precious time.

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