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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been
warned against distractions that can take shine
off Nigeria’s qualification for the World Cup in
Russia.

A number of stakeholders who bared their minds
onSuper Eagles impressive qualification,
probable opponents that will emerge from the
December 1st draw and ultimate expectations in
Russia, recalled how squabbles in camp,
disagreement between players and officials and
ego clash among officials had forced the nation
to settle for less in the past, adding that sweet
nature of qualification this time should be
marched with impressive performance devoid of
unnecessary in-fighting.

Their reaction is not unconnected with brewing
disagreement over the sharing formula for World
cup largesse in which the Glass House has
floated the idea of paying players according to
minutes played. Another teething issue is the
growing debate over whether or not to recall
Vincent Enyeama to the national team.

Those who reacted insisted that a player who
has been invited to the national team is not the
one to play himself, and should be paid because
he has made himself available.

Prominent among those who responded
passionately about the issues include former
international and 1980 Nations Cup champion Dr
Felix Owolabi. He recalled that circumstances
leading to the Enyeama’s exit from the national
team is not very palatable adding the technical
crew should be more concerned with training the
goalkeepers available to the required level ahead
of the Mundial.

Owoblow as he was fondly called while in the
national team said the nation cannot afford to
allow any distractions in camp’’ My candid
opinion is this leave Enyeama out of the squad.

The goalkeepers trainers should be able to train
the goalkeepers in camp and bring them to the
level required. If they can’t do that we should
look for those who can’’ he told sportsgist
Tuesday.

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