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Fifa executive member lambastes Nigeria over Amodu

Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

Amodu Shaibu
Amodu wants to be compensated and reinstated as Eagles' coach

A member of the Executive Committees of both Caf and Fifa, has delivered a stinging rebuke on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the treatment of former coach Shaibu Amodu.

Amos Adamu, is furious that Amodu was replaced by Swede Lars Lagerback as Nigeria's boss at the World Cup.

Amodu was removed from the job and redeployed despite guiding the Super Eagles to the 2010 World Cup as well as finishing in third place at this year's Africa Cup of Nations.

According to Adamu, the NFF's decision to dismiss Amodu after his achievement amounted to the disrespect of local coaches in the country.

"When it comes to results, Amodu performed as expected and should not have been treated that badly," Adamu told BBC Sport on Saturday.

"Over 202 countries started qualification for the World Cup and Nigeria is part of thirty-two that will be in South Africa.

"This man (Amodu) qualified without losing a game, he got to the semi-final target given to him in Angola, yet he was thrown away, which is totally absurd."

It's the second time Amodu has been treated like this by Nigeria's football authorities. In 2002 he was fired before the World Cup finals after he took Nigeria to third place at the Nations Cup in Mali.

The ex-Super Eagles boss was under intense pressure going into this year's Nations Cup in Angola, with calls from several quarters for him to be fired.

Despite guiding Nigeria to the semi-finals the team's style of play, his tactics and key decision-making were all questioned during the tournament.

But Adamu believes the NFF should have supported him going into the World Cup instead of pushing him out.

"Yes he may lack a certain tactical ability but they should have given him support going into the World Cup," Adamu said.

"Of course, he ranks among the best indigenous coaches we have in the country and the fact that the new coach [Lars Lagerback] selected the same players he worked with in Angola points to the fact that he is not different.

"Why bring a foreigner to benefit from what Amodu worked for? No one knows the team or understands the mentality of our players more than him at this point.

"If we don't encourage one of our own, then who will?"

Adamu called for the NFF to have a rethink over the sacking of Amodu.

Meanwhile, reports in the local media say Shaibu Amodu has refused several new postings by the NFF.

The 52-year-old was asked to take charge of the locally based Eagles, but refused. He was then offered a role as a member of the NFF's technical study group to the World Cup in South Africa, which he also turned down.

Amodu has since taken his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) where he is demanding for for over US$2m in damages.

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see also
Minister steps into Amodu row
05 May 10 |  African
Nigeria part company with Amodu
06 Feb 10 |  African
Amodu will not talk about future
29 Jan 10 |  African

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