Former captain of the Nigeria U-17 National Team, Golden Eaglets, Nduka Ugbade has once again demonstrated his hard stance on indiscipline among players, saying such would not take them and their careers anywhere.
Ugbade who is currently assistant coach of the U-20 National Team, Flying Eagles, was bitterly reacting to the sudden disappearnce of Musa Mohammed from the U-23 Dream Team VI camp on the eve of their trip to Lusaka, Zambia, for the crucial return leg match of the All Africa Games qualifiers, stated that the player’s action was totally unacceptable and as such must tender unreserved apology to the team’s handler, Samson Siasia.
“Professionally and morally, Musa was wrong in his action and for me it’s totally unacceptable”, says Ugbade.
“He must tender unreserved apology to his coach, Samson Siasia. What he did was wrong and he knows it.
“As a player, he has no justifiable reason to leave camp when the team was in preparation for a serious competition.
“And if for whatever reason he has to leave camp, it must be down to the express permission of the coach”.
Musa, 18, left the team’s camp on the grounds he was going to procure his passport from the Germany embassy but it emerged afterwards he traveled out to Europe for trials with an undisclosed club.
“That is indiscipline and I think he must apologize first of all before anything else.
Sometimes these young lads get misled.
“When you hear the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success, Chidiebere Nwakali, Musa Yahaya and so on signing big contracts abroad, plus the pressure from their parents and agents, it can turn a player’s head and make him do stupid things.
“But they must learn to be patient and wait for the right time”, Ugbade warned.