Monday 16 June 2014

Keshi Lacks Tactical Ability, Says Gara-Gombe

Special Adviser to the Kano State Governor on Sports and seasoned Nigeria football administrator, Alhaji Shuaib Gara-Gombe has said coach Stephen Keshi do not have what it takes to lead the Super Eagles to a successful outing in Brazil.

Nigeria will be making their fifth appearance at the 2014 Fifa World Cup and will face Iran on Monday before taking on BosniaHerzegovina and Argentina to challenge for a second round ticket.

Gombe said Keshi’s men have not  justified their status as kings of African football in their recent outing while questioning the choice of players selected by the former Mali and Togo national team handler.

“From the friendlies we have played, I have not seen proper coordination of that team. They never played like they are truly African champions,” Gombe told Goal.

“It appears that there are lots of gap created from the time we won the African Cup of Nations and now we are going to play in the World Cup.

“There are players who have no business in that team as the friendlies have clearly shown but unfortunately, these players are taken to the World Cup,” he added.

The former Gombe State Football Association chairman also queried the technical know-how of coach Stephen Keshi stating he is disillusioned on the kind of tactics the ‘big boss’ will employ against their group oppositions.

 “I don’t know the type of formation we are going to play. We are more or less an attacking team but our defense is as porous as anything.

“Echiejile is out, I don’t have trust in Yobo while Ambrose is injury prone so I don’t know what will happen to that defence. Our consolation is that Vincent Enyeama is at his best,” he continued.

“As much as we score goals, we should have it at the back of our mind that we are going to concede goals because the goalkeeper alone does not make the backline.

“Though I am in a confused state but as usual, I will only pray for Nigeria. Honestly speaking, Keshi has surprised me with the quality of players he has taken to this tournament and even the tactics he is going to use,” concluded Gombe.

reference: goal

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