With less than 48 hours to the unveiling of the Super Eagles’ provisional World Cup list, former international and assistant coach of the team, Daniel Amokachi has cautioned current handler of the national team, Gernot Rohr not to be influenced by higher authorities and repeat the mistake of 2014 which saw Brown Ideye surprisingly omitted from the World Cup squad, AOIFootball.com reports.
The former Everton of England star, who made this assertion to KweséESPN, said he and some key players in the team don’t why the player who shined at the Nations Cup prior to the World Cup was dropped.
“Brown for me, was one player that I regret that we did not take to the World Cup in 2014,” Amokachi said, speaking for the first time about the incident.
“Hundred percent I didn’t know how he didn’t make that list. I never saw it coming that he didn’t make the list till when the list came out and we found out.
“I think I probably had a lot of fights with some people that I shouldn’t have, but it happened because I saw no reason why such a player should be left out. We ended up going to the World Cup with players that even me I don’t even know,” Amokachi revealed.
It is a stunning admission by Amokachi, who went on to suggest that outside influences may have played a part in the striker getting cut in favour of players like Michael Uchebo and Uche Nwofor, both of whom had a combined total of six international appearances prior to the World Cup. Four of those combined caps (two each) were in the friendlies just before the squad was named.
“I think it is very tough if a coach is already an agent,” Amokachi continued. “It is very, very difficult, and that is why I always say you cannot be a coach and be an agent at the same time.
“When the World Cup comes around, you always have a lot of new players showing up. Players who will decide that they are Nigerians and bring confusion to the team.
“When you find yourself in that situation, you try to advise, because you have agents that will be calling left, right and centre. If a coach is an agent, he will fall a victim too. Those are things that we really need to avoid. There is no room to be trying new players,” Amokachi concluded.