Yinka Ogundimu, a lawmaker in Lagos State, on Wednesday said that the success of the Super Eagles at the 2018 World Cup in Russia would depend largely on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Ogundimu, who represents Agege Constituency II at the Lagos State House of Assembly, made the assertion in an interview with Newsmen in Lagos.
According to him, the NFF should strive to provide the necessary logistics for the coaching crew that would enable them to perform maximally at the World Cup.
“The NFF has a lot to do if the Super Eagles are to fly high at the World Cup.
“What I think the federation has to do right now is to equip the coaching crew to start the preparations in earnest.
“NFF should not wait until the time there will be no opportunity to spring any surprise again.
“So, we need to play more of friendly matches for the players to actually blend and play together.
“Football is a team work and only this can bring results,’’ the lawmaker said.
Ogundimu, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, said that the team that would represent Nigeria should be selected on merit and nothing else.
“We must pick our team based on competence and not on quota system. If we can do this and shut the door against favoritism, it shall be well.
“We have a lot of potential that can carry us to the level of quarter-finals.
“The team handlers must just toe the way of merit and avoid personal interest,’’ the football enthusiast added.
On the national coach, Ogundimu said: “I don’t doubt the competence of Super Eagles Coach, but he should be given a free hand to operate and do his job.
“Gernot Rohr should have a perfect control of team. If we reach quarter-finals, it will be a good mark for us, but there is nothing stopping us from going further.
“For us to reach quarter-finals, it means we have a team. Any team in quarter-finals can spring a surprise.
“No team is push over. We must prepare well and have the right selection and with this, we have nothing to fear,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup is scheduled to hold in Russia between June 14 and July 15.
The original trophy which would be handed over to the 2018 FIFA World Cup-winning team at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, will arrive in Nigeria on Wednesday.
The trophy is on a tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across six continents before the commencement of the 21st FIFA World Cup. (NAN)
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