Confusion over target for Super Eagles

In the Euphoria of qualifying for the World Cup last weekend, members of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation started making pronouncements.

One of such pronouncements was on the target given to the team ahead of the World Cup.

As much as the target set for a football team should not be rocket science, things in Nigeria seem to be different at every turn.

By the time Stephen Keshi was hired as coach of the Super Eagles it was expected that his employers, the Nigeria Football Association would have told him what they expected him to do as regards qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations and final placing at the same AFCON.

It was also expected that his employed would have told him what they expected as regards qualifying for the World Cup as well as a reasonable placing at the Mundial.

But I was shocked in Calabar just after Nigeria qualified for the World Cup following that 2-0 win over Ethiopia.

Mike Umeh wants Semi final

NFF first vice chairman Mike Umeh does not just want the team to get to the semi finals, he says it is the target set for Stephen Keshi.

Umeh told naijafootball247.com that with this football revolution in the country that they have set a target for the team.

"We are not just going to participate because we have set a target and this team will get to the semi finals of the World Cup," Umeh said.

Sports Minister wants nothing

Despite the enthusiasm of the 1st vice chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation in saying the target of the team is the semi final at the World Cup, Bolaji Abdulahi feels completely differently.

Abdulahi is Nigeria's sports minister and says there is no target set for the team.

"We just want to enjoy our qualification and cannot set targets now.

"However we want to do well at the World Cup and end up the best of the African countries there," Abdulahi told naijafootball247.com.

Maigari wants the Cup

Another different view is that of the president of the Nigeria Football Federation, Aminu Maigari (In pic) who insists the target for the Super Eagles is to win the World Cup.

"We are going to lift the Cup. It is business and we are going to lift the Cup," Maigari told naijafootball247.com.

"I said it during the AFCON that we were going to win and we did. Now I'm saying it that we will win the World Cup," said a clearly over enthusiastic Aminu Maigari.

Anyansi disagrees again

Another NFF board member, Felix Anyansi Agwu wasn't as tactless as his contemporaries but towed the line of the Sports minister when he clearly said there was no target set for the team.

"We can't set a target for now. The team has been making progress and I believe they will go very far but we cannot set a target for now," Anyansi said.

Keshi's confusion about to start

With his employers not even sure what they want him to do at the World Cup, you do not want to be Stephen Keshi at this time.

The target for the World Cup should have been set in November 2011and football administrators should not at this time have dissenting views on how far they want the team to go at the World Cup that is about 8 months away.



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