Osaze: Amodu Eagles were predictable

Osaze Odemwingie: Amodu Eagles predictable

Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 07:25 am

Osaze Odemwingie says Nigeria became too predictable under former coach Shuaibu Amodu and Lars Lagerback has already created a buzz around the squad. 

Osaze, 29, was one of the more outspoken critics of Amodu's regime but he told KickOffNigeria.com that he did so without malice.   "For the past two years, with Amodu, we've been easy to predict. We have to have more variety in our tactics and our attack.   "There's not much negative or bad about his coaching. It's just that its not enough if we are aspiring to go up there. It's the difference between good, and better."   After four training sessions with Lagerback, Odemwingie says things are already looking up, with the Swede instilling a fear no foe confidence in his new team.   "He doesn't look like someone who doubts his own quality and I think he can bring a result that Nigerians expect. I see him relaxed, as someone with a plan, who took this job after watching our games and knowing that he can do better than where we were.   "From the first training, he is looking at attacking football. He is looking at a passing game. He is looking at the penetrating pass, a pass that creates danger, less square passes and more forward passes. He keeps reminding us that we have to play beautiful football and that results are also very important.   "At the same time, you can see that he doesn't want to play a game where Nigeria is scared of the opponent, any opponent."   Odemwingie says already the atmosphere in camp is different.   "You could feel it. You cannot deny it. Like our people say, oyibo na oyibo. There is a touch they add to Africans when they bring their ideas, their calculations, their tactics, their organisation, their way of being more effective on the field. That is going to be added for sure.   "The training so far has been good, the build-up and the movement. I think Lagerback is the best choice Nigeria made."   More importantly, the forward says Nigeria have to return to their attacking traditions.   "We need to be more ourselves. I think that is what we were denied these past few years. We were not playing like Nigeria. We were more defensive minded. That is why we didnt score so much goals lately, and that is also why we have been struggling even with the average African teams.   "But we could also understand that choice of tactics because it looks like there was a little bit of lack of confidence in our defence line.   "A few times we conceded silly goals, but at the same time, we needed the result and changes had to be done.   "We hope now that things will be better."   On his first day at work with his squad, Lagerback showed the players individual videos and Osaze said it came as a bit of a surprise.   "I was surprised because we never had that before in our coaching.   "That's another little thing. Those little things make a difference. Europe has gone far. I am not here to criticise our situation. Its just that right now we have to admit that we are still a little bit behind. In our clubs we see that those things are important. Here, he showed us a few highlights, pointed out some things and everybody is commending it."   He is under no illusions though, as to how much work remains to be done, but says there is a positive feeling about.   "We have a lot of work to do. The whole team have been commending the training sessions, and we hope to continue for the remaining days.   "We are getting a positive feeling now about ourselves, because it is in the hands of the coach how he motivates his team."   Ultimately though, he says it will be up to the players to do the business on the pitch.   "We have to believe in ourselves, and in what we can do and go out there on the pitch and show it for the love our country. There are a lot of people who just want a chance to play and that means that if you are lucky enough to be selected, you have to give your best at all times."    

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

Njia4life
posted: 07:54 am
"oyibo na oyibo"....but that is the fact we cannot deny it. Good luck Super Eagles, I wish you guys all the best.
Anonymous
posted: 08:26 am
na thru talk OYINBO NA OYINBO,...I NEVER COMMET HERE FOR THE PAST 4 MONTH NOW,,,YEP IM BACK TO D WINDOW..GOOD BYE MR AMODU D BLACK MAN..HUHUHUHUHUHUH
Anonymous
posted: 08:44 am
Osaze Odemwingie, some fools in this forum said Nigerians don't support and encourage there own coach, how can we support whom we know that don’t know the job. I started from day one saying that Amodu is a pig not a coach. It is only Osaze Odemwingie can say the problem out to the public because of the little white man blood he has, other players will be dying in agony without even joining hand and beat up Amodu. Amodu, God punish you anywhere you are eating Nigeria money and still want to be a head coach. Lulu and co, I hope you people heard what Osaze Odemwingie said. Country 5, I greet.
Anonymous
posted: 08:47 am
Osaze Odemwingie, some fools in this forum said Nigerians don't support and encourage there own coach, how can we support whom we know that don’t know the job. I started from day one saying that Amodu is a pig not a coach. It is only Osaze Odemwingie can say the problem out to the public because of the little white man blood he has, other players will be dying in agony without even joining hand and beat up Amodu. Amodu, God punish you anywhere you are eating Nigeria money and still want to be a head coach. Lulu and co, I hope you people heard what Osaze Odemwingie said. Country 5, I greet. How can somebody compare Whiteman with Blackman (darkness?)
Anonymous
posted: 08:58 am
My forum pple plz. make who na read osaze comment did you how it make a nice point that i like pple like this that say that fact,that is why problem we are facing today not only in foodball in our goverment and all,no one say the truth .... beco's you eat i eat...
Yes that is the fact Oyibo na Oyiba we cant follow they way so plz. make we give this man chance to do his job.he dont belive in big name prove ur self and belong that football.

i think nigeria make a the best choice by picking Lars Lagerback,but if he can play a friendly match with big team i think that will be also good.wishing our great nation all the best.
cleany from USA
Anonymous
posted: 08:58 am
My forum pple plz. make who na read osaze comment did you how it make a nice point that i like pple like this that say that fact,that is why problem we are facing today not only in foodball in our goverment and all,no one say the truth .... beco's you eat i eat...
Yes that is the fact Oyibo na Oyiba we cant follow they way so plz. make we give this man chance to do his job.he dont belive in big name prove ur self and belong that football.

i think nigeria make a the best choice by picking Lars Lagerback,but if he can play a friendly match with big team i think that will be also good.wishing our great nation all the best.
cleany from USA
Anonymous
posted: 08:59 am
My forum pple plz. make who na read osaze comment did you how it make a nice point that i like pple like this that say that fact,that is why problem we are facing today not only in foodball in our goverment and all,no one say the truth .... beco's you eat i eat...
Yes that is the fact Oyibo na Oyiba we cant follow they way so plz. make we give this man chance to do his job.he dont belive in big name prove ur self and belong that football.

i think nigeria make a the best choice by picking Lars Lagerback,but if he can play a friendly match with big team i think that will be also good.wishing our great nation all the best.
cleany from USA
Billion Original
posted: 09:01 am
"oyibo na oyibo" is a form of colonial mentality and beside coming boldly on the media to criticize and ridicule the coach who invited you on the honours of our nation - it's unethical and unprofessional. Amodu could still play a role in Osaze's profession someday..."a word is enough for the wise."
Davkoz
posted: 09:27 am
SHORT UP BILLION, THAT IS TYPICAL BLACK MAN MENTALITY, SHOULD U BE AFRAID TO SAY THE TRUTH, THAT IS WHY MOST OF US DIE IN SILENCE BCOS YOU ARE AFRAID.

IF AMODU BECOME A COACH TOMORROW AND HE DID NOT INVITE OSAZE BCOS HE SPOKE THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM, THEN HE IS A FOOL, BCOS I THINK HE SHOULD USE HIS CRITICISM AS A WAY TO IMPROVE IN HIS COACHING ABILITY.

A WISE MAN WOULD ENCOURAGE CRITICISM BCOS IT WILL MAKE HIM TO KNOW HOW PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT HIM AND KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE ON IT.

AMODU SHOULD JUST GO BACK AND LEARN MORE ABOUT MODERN FOOTBALL, THAT IS MY ADVICE.

I KEEP SAYING IT IN THIS FORUM THAT I CANT ALLOW AMODU TO COACH MY SCHOOL TEAM TALK LESS A CLUB. I SEE HIM MORE AS A P.E TEACHER PERIOD.
Davkoz
posted: 09:27 am
SHORT UP BILLION, THAT IS TYPICAL BLACK MAN MENTALITY, SHOULD U BE AFRAID TO SAY THE TRUTH, THAT IS WHY MOST OF US DIE IN SILENCE BCOS YOU ARE AFRAID.

IF AMODU BECOME A COACH TOMORROW AND HE DID NOT INVITE OSAZE BCOS HE SPOKE THE TRUTH ABOUT HIM, THEN HE IS A FOOL, BCOS I THINK HE SHOULD USE HIS CRITICISM AS A WAY TO IMPROVE IN HIS COACHING ABILITY.

A WISE MAN WOULD ENCOURAGE CRITICISM BCOS IT WILL MAKE HIM TO KNOW HOW PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT HIM AND KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE ON IT.

AMODU SHOULD JUST GO BACK AND LEARN MORE ABOUT MODERN FOOTBALL, THAT IS MY ADVICE.

I KEEP SAYING IT IN THIS FORUM THAT I CANT ALLOW AMODU TO COACH MY SCHOOL TEAM TALK LESS A CLUB. I SEE HIM MORE AS A P.E TEACHER PERIOD.
Anonymous
posted: 09:28 am
@upson u are a fool,an orangutan and a congenital idiot. I do not like Amodu or his tactis but that is not to say the white are more intelligent than blacks. Your problem is that you have allowed yourself to be mentally colonized and that may affect you till eternity. Agreed, oyibo na oyibo but we do have good coaches that can beat their chest among the rest. So upson,it's your brain that is dark
Anonymous
posted: 10:02 am
Mr thousand,million,billion,trillion or what ever your Name is, pls shot up and lets move on,is it not clear enough?we said it,the players that were there from day one said it,what else do u want to hear,i never used to criticize u,but i have the feeling that i have being wrong,only a blind fool(Not just blind but must also be foolish)wldnt know that,amodu knew nothing abt football,ya he qualified us,against who?Those boys wld have qualified them selfs with out a Gaffer.All what Osaze said is all we had always said in the forum,Amodu had simply no Idea period.Billion if we only had people like u in Africa i guess we wld still be in colonial rule,cos u wld be afraid to say the truth because of BREAD.(A yoruba adage say"NKO TO FE JE KO NI JE KO GBON")which mean what u want to eat wld not allow u to be wise,that is just ur case.
Futher more,i pray we go far in the world cup,but at the same time i wouldn't raise my expectation because of time constraints,however what i know for sure is that,we are far more better without amodu even if we exit in the first round (God forbid),even if we score only one goal (God forbid)cos i know Nigerian football has moved a step forward
UP SE.......I LOVE NIGERIA NO MATTER WHAT
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 am
At the moment Osaze is arguably the best player in the Nigerian squad. However, he should be aware that it's not professional to criticize a manager, past or present. Amodu wasn't a good coach, his style of play was the greatest, but the results were there to speak. He qualified Nigeria for two World Cups, he took Nigeria to a third place finish in the AFCON 2010. Count back to the last three oyibo coaches and say if any of them have been able to achieve a good result.

Lagerback may show the players videos from dusk till dawn, he may present a playing pattern that looks as good as an architects drawing, what is important is results. This oyibo coach has not yet played any game, and yet 'oyibo is oyibo'.

It's only because 'oyibo is oyibo' that a local coach doesn't get even half of what an oyibo coach is paid, yet local coaches deliver better results. With all the video games at his disposal, Lagerback could not qualify his native Sweden for the World Cup and they asked him to resign.

Bora Milutinovic, Phillipe Troussier, Berti Vogts, these are past oyibo coaches. Before each of them was contracted NFF traveled to Europe with over 10 contingents, spending money that would have been spent on something better. Simply because they are oyibo. Berti Vogts has never achieved any recognizable success in his coaching career, yet all the money was thrown at him because he is an oyibo.

My submission:
Firstly, In as much as Amodu is not a good coach, there are number of former Nigerian internationals who are willing to go into coaching. They should be allowed to do the job. If they fail, they will have no where to run to, they will learn from their mistake and grow.

Secondly, if it must be an oyibo coach, then it should be an oyibo coach, not merely any oyibo from the street. That's to say, if it is not Mourinho, Ferguson, Wenger, Guardiola, Rijkaard, van Gal, Mancini, Hiddink, Queiroz - then it should be ex-Super Eagles player.
Anonymous
posted: 10:16 am
Spot on Osaze, i hope that the progressive members of this forum r hearing this? @ Upson.... @##%$%^^%$##%^^%$%%^^^%$ Idiot!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:01 am
Someone should Advice this guy to talk less. Let him do his talking on the field. After all said and done, Osaze finally summed it up with the fact that its up to the players to do the business on the field. And that is the ultimate truth. Osaze better keep quiet for now before he talks himself into trouble.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 11:06 am
Someone should Advice this guy to talk less. Let him do his talking on the field. After all said and done, Osaze finally summed it up with the fact that its up to the players to do the business on the field. And that is the ultimate truth. Osaze better keep quiet for now before he talks himself into trouble.

THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH
Anonymous
posted: 11:28 am
@Odemwingie:
What a shame!! How can you talk about us in public? Dont you think that you will also arm Siassia and co.?
I believe in our (black)people, for life!
The key to succes is believe in ourself!!

And another thing: If Amodu coloured his skin white than iam sure that all of you guys would have liked him more!!
This is not even Lagerbacks fault! I am sure that there are people in Nigeria(Blacks) who are able to do great things!! But we will kill them!!!Kenule "Ken" Beeson Saro Wiwa !!

@Billion:
I would like to meet you!! There are not many like you.

Its 2010 and were but in our head its 1810...colonial mentality

My last question:
How should things get better, if everybody thinks "oyibo na oyibo"?
Offcourse will an African Team win the worldcup one day(2010)! But if we archieve it with a white coach than it is not because they are better, its because we will never believe in our own!!
Hope who people are avoiding the existence of Egypt!
It took time for them to archieve it.....

I will never forget wher i am from!
Up Local Coaches(Siassia,Amodu and co.)
Up Local Players(Kanu,Okocha..all of us started in Nija)
Up Local Refrees
Up Nigeria

Chebi OYINBO NA OYINBO...U-17 World Cup, Olympics and......
Anonymous
posted: 11:38 am
@Mr:
Nice Comment!!
I am sure that with the money we spend for Lagerback will could archieve more if we spend it on Siassia,Obuh or even Amodu.
I am really angry! How can we have this mentality. Somebody who qualified us twice. He was even ready to take over after Voigts failed in Ghana. And he made it!!
None of you would do what Amodu did, trust me!!
I still think Lagberback is a good coach. But what can we expect from him, cause Time is too short!

The positiv thing is that we can now say that the players are happy and motivated with Lagerback. In professional football this may not be enough, but in football everything is possible!
Anonymous
posted: 11:40 am
Please everybody we have to now believe in Lagerback and in our Boys!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:58 am
Osaze probably shouldn't have used the expression "oyibo na oyibo" because it has a Blackman inferiority complexe conotation. That said, I totally understand his point and agree with his analysis. Although we as Nigerias/Africans may have come a long way in many fields there is still room from progress and we should not see it as an insult to learn from the Westerners (or oyibo as we dub 'em). ;D

:p
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