NFF Warn Eagles: Shape Up Or Ship Out!

—Says players ruined Enyeama’s centurion party

The Nigeria Football Federation have told the Super Eagles players to either shape up or ship out of the senior national team following Wednesday evening’s embarassing 1-0 loss to Uganda in an international friendly game at the Akwa Ibom international stadium in Uyo,Akwa Ibom state.

This was the message delivered to the players when chieftains of the federation held a frank-talk session with players and officials of the Super Eagles.

Patriotic fervour, defined by hard –fighting spirit, positive attitude and pride in wearing the green-white-green was the underlying message durig the meeting.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick and Executive Committee members held nothing back as they gave the team a piece of their minds an hour before midnight at Uyo’s Hotel Le Meridien.

It was the first time in decent memory that a sitting NFF boss and his deputies would tell players of their senior team straight to their faces to buckle up or be bundled out.

“When next you receive an invitation letter to come represent Nigeria, you have a critical decision to make: accept it only if you believe you are in the frame of mind to give your everything or decline if you do not feel that way. The camp of the National Team would no longer welcome average players or good players with poor attitude.

“Today, we are supposed to be celebrating with Vincent Enyeama on his 100th cap, but your poor performance has ruined the party and Nigerians are very angry,” Pinnick said.

Disclosing that the new NFF has great plans for the welfare of players of the National Teams and emphasizing that only good results will encourage Corporate Nigeria to pump in the needed funds, Pinnick challenged the players to go to Nelspruit and beat South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on Sunday to somewhat redeem their image.

1st vice president Seyi Akinwunmi, Technical Committee chairman Felix Anyansi-Agwu and LMC boss Shehu Dikko spoke in similar vein.

Akinwunmi stated that the problem is certainly not ability, but attitude, and advocated positive attitude when representing Nigeria, while Anyansi-Agwu talked of the need to “build a new Super Eagles of our collective dream.” Dikko urged that players be ready to transfer club form to the international front.

Responding, stand-in Coach Daniel Amokachi admitted giving the players a similar message in the dressing room and said invited players must now be ready to give 120 per cent on the pitch.

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