Jay-Jay Okocha warns ex-players from Super Eagles dressing-room
Posted: 12 November 2011 Time: 11:36
Former Nigeria captain Austin Okocha has asked ex-players and others to stay away from the Super Eagles dressing-room during matches.
Former internationals and other officials regularly come into the Eagles’ dressing-room at half-time and offer opinion, but Jay-Jay, a member of the NFF's Technical Committee, says it is wrong.
“I don’t think it’s wise for ex-players or whoever to contribute in the dressing-room because that's wrong. If you have anything to say you should have said it beforehand or after the game,” he says.
“If all of us have something to say, then the dressing-room will not contain all of us. The coach is paid to take decisions. All of us are not coaches. We might be football lovers, we might have our own opinions, but at the end o f the day it's the coach's team and, with all due respect, you have to leave him to do his job.
“As a friend you can call him and talk to him and give him your own opinion. But it's left for him to take it or not.”
Okocha, who was with the team for most of Samson Siasia's short-lived tenure, says his former teammate was unlucky.
“I think he was unlucky because in life sometimes little bit of luck can change things.”