Following the reappointment of Stephen Keshi as the Super Eagles coach, former Nigeria midfielder, Garba Lawal has advised the ‘Big Boss’ to get it right this time.
Keshi signed a new two year contract with the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday, nine months after his previous contract expired.
And Lawal, one of Keshi’s biggest critics, believes not everyone gets a second chance and says Keshi has been lucky enough to get it and must use it wisely.
“He has a second chance now and he must use it wisely,” he said.
“Not everybody gets a second chance and now that he’s lucky enough to get it, he must get it right this time.
“In terms of player selection, he must avoid sentiments and pick players on form and merit.
“We have missed the last Africa Cup of Nations and we cannot afford to miss another one. This is a big opportunity for him and he must take it and make it count,” he said.
Speaking further, Lawal says he has nothing against Keshi’s return, but insists the ‘Big Boss’ must be open to advice and criticism.
“I have nothing against him. Now that he has signed we have to support him.
“But he must listen to advice and know that people will criticise him. You cannot be the coach of the Super Eagles and expect people not to criticise you.
“Nigerians criticise everybody when they’re not doing well but that doesn’t mean they hate you. He needs to learn that.
“I just hope this will turn out good in the end and I believe we have to support him,” he concluded.