By MADUABUCHI KALU
Former Flying Eagles and Enugu Rangers coach, John Obuh, has charged the football authorities in the country not to worry themselves over players of Nigerian decent who don’t want to don the national colours and concentrate on those who are willing and able to represent the country.
According to the Abia State-born football tactician, the country is blessed with abundant football talents that no players of Nigerian decent who refuses to play for the country should be a source of worry to them asking them to concentrate on those who are ready to play for the country as no single individual supposed to hold the country to ransom.
Obuh explained that in Nigeria, there is nothing like dearth of players because as one player is about to exit or giving the authorities problems many more are being discovered on daily basis and as a result, those who feel that they don’t want to play for country shouldn’t be any problems.
In his words: “In Nigeria, we do not get satisfied with players because as the more you think that this player is the best the more you discover another good player and it takes a good player to challenge another good player.
“It is because of the fact that we want to ensure that our brothers do not get lost in other countries, that is why we normally talk to players of Nigerian decent scattered all over the globe.
“There is an adage in my place that says ‘one stick cannot form a broom. It is when you bring many sticks together, tie them together that they become a broom.In Nigeria, we understand the game of football.
“Some of the players are born abroad and if there is any possibility on how to get them back to the country it will help us but if they say they are not going to come, we will continue with those available because without them we have been existing. So the refusal of some players of Nigerian decent to play for the country should be a problem,” Obuh declared.
It is recalled that just recently, the media was awash with the story of Tammy Abraham who humiliated Nigeria when he addressed a press conference in London to denied ever indicating any interest of changing is nationality and allegiance to Nigeria.
Abraham’s outburst came as a result the interview the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick granted the federation website in which he declared that discussion with Tammy Abraham was going on well hoping that at the end of the day the Delta State Chelsea player would switch his international allegiance to the country of his birth.
It is on this basis that Coach Obuh’s advice that players of Nigerian decent who do not want to represent the country should be left alone is apt. There are many good players in the country who are just begging to be given opportunity to showcase what they can do but nobody is looking at their direction as the attention of the Federation is directed at those who are residing oversees.