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Lagerback's Fate: Should He Be Sacked Too?

Yes,

We finally lost as expected.I wonder what the anti-Amodu proponents have to say about this.  Amodu took us to the world cup, got crucified to satisfy the lunatics baying for his blood and he got replaced by a white man who of course knows better than his dumb African counterparts.

What do you think should happen to him?  Should be sacked too?  Do we bring in Westerhof? Wenger perhaps? Some white guy with no name?  Any white guy would now right?

Nonsense!

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We played better under him than we did under Bros Shuaib. Might as well keep him on for a while so he can reform the team. In the meantime, he'll be chopping NFA money and paying his local godfathers. hmmmmmmmmmn

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WOW!!! WHAT A SENSIBLE CONCLUSION. YOU REALLY DO SEEM TO KNOW HOW TO THINK CRITICALLY. WELL, GERMANY IS USING A LOCAL COACH SO THAT MEANS THAT WE SHOULD ALSO USE OUR LOCAL COACH DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO DO THE JOB. WHY DON'T YOU THEN GO TO AN UNQUALIFIED LOCAL DOCTOR SINCE HE IS A NIGERIAN AND HAVE HIM PERFORM SURGERY ON YOU. DO YOU THINK WORLD FOOTBALL IS LIKE THE USELESS "KICK AND FOLLOW" THAT WE PLAY ON THE PLAY GROUNDS OR THE "MONKEY POST" THAT WE GREW UP PLAYING? FOOTBALL IS A VERY VERY TACTICAL GAME, ITS LIKE A CHESS MATCH, ITS VERY VERY METHODICAL AND EVEN PROCEDURAL. OUR COACHES UNFORTUNATELY CAN'T SEEM TO KNOW HOW TO PLAY THIS CHESS GAME, THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW THE TACTICS. SO UNTIL THE NFA TEACHES THEN HOW TO PLAY THAT GAME AND MANDATES THAT ALL COACHES IN NIGERIA INCLUDING THAT OF OUR LOCAL LEAGUES GET A UEFA A-LICENSE AND A UEFA PRO LICENSE, I DON'T WANT ANY OF OUR COACHES NEAR OUR TEAM PERIOD. IN THE MEANTIME, YOU CAN CARRY YOUR BLIND NATIONALISM SOMEWHERE ELSE.

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reemix12,

You are wrong, if he had brought in an extra defender, it would have ended up in a rout. When you sit too deep you invite your opponent to relentlessly attack you and put incredible pressure on you and no matter how good you are, you would eventually break, especially when you have over 50 minutes left which is a loooooooooooooong time. Also, don't compare Nigeria to Inter Milan, you seem to forget that the World Cup is inferior to world football as you can afford to stack your team with some of the best internationals in the world. That inter team is outstanding from start to finish. Now compare that to our players like Joseph Yobo and Lukman Haruna.

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We have good coaches in Nigeria, some of them have won laurels for Nigeria at Cadet levels, Nigeria has won U-17 three times without an input of oyibo coach, at U -21 level, they won bronze , silver on two occasions, but we are enslaved to Oyinbo at snr level b/cos of what the people in charge will pocket. Nigerians Feeding on Football (NFF), The dollars Alh Galadima left behind is yet to be accounted for up till today.

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Lagerback should be sacked, what do we expect from someone who has not won any major trophy for Sweden and worst of all he could not qualify them for the world cup, He can't read game.

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He knew the situation

He got his job because people complained about Amodu

And he should rightly lose it when people are complaining

I know Amodu's achievements (luck, juju, tactlessness or whatever) with the Eagles (2 world cup tickets)

I don't know his with Eagles

He should be a man of honour. 5-month contract expires after 5months

Is that too much to ask?

Or the 5-month thing was a trick to sneak him in for a longer period

Sweden was fed up with him

It is our turn to be fed up with him

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we should use our local coaches now , no more foreign coach

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Anytime, Anywhere, Lagerback should be sacked.

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Algeria using its local coach isnt doing badly.

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I don't blame Largerback.

Its the Super Vultures fault that they did not win.

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God punish anyone that reminds us of Amodu.

Amodu should not be mentioned here. Even if we're going to get a local coach, Please don't mention Amodu for christ's sake.

He's one phucking slow-poke! wishywashy! Who's afraid of taking off Yakubu. And now, Lagerback is doing the same.

Its time to siphon New Super Eagles!!! You can see from the way they've been playing.

Delete it again cos i'm saying the truth. Amodu relatives as Admins. Rubbish!

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you still don't get it.

You don't hire a mercenary, pay him mega wage to come and do on-the-job-training.

It is one thing to say our coaches are not good enough at this time and it is quite another to say they can not learn and can not improve.

If you hire a coach and pay him $1.5 million on a 5 months contract then he should deliever and should be the finished product. if the programme is to hire a coach you want to develop over time then I think our coaches are more than capable of doing that.

Lagerback is not even better than some of our Nigerian coaches. Danny Shittu is not better than some of the central defenders we have on the bench and you say Lagerback knows what he is doing.

Playing Sani Kaita on the wing or on the right side of the midfield is like asking a Mikel Carick or John Obi Mikel to play on the wing. It wont work and a lot has been said about Sani Kaita loosing his head and kicking a Greek player. While what Sani Kaita did is not excusable you could see that the guy is not used to being on the flanks or doing throwings. Maybe if he was not played on the flanks he would not have been in the position to throw the ball and thhat situation may not have occured.

So Lagerback is not any better than our Nigerian Coaches. If we want to develop a coach please let us develop one of our own. It must not be Amodu or Khadiri Ikana . . . . . . . we have players who have played this game at the highest level who are now coaches.

Dont tell me such ex-players can not learn football tactics because that will simply be an attack on the IQ of all Nigerians.

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By the way, did people complaining about Lagerbach's substitutions against Greece not see that 2 of them were injury induced. With football as a case-in-point, one can see that Nigerians are not the most collectively-intelligent people in the world.

Leaving this thread before I slap somebody through the computer. Don't doubt it, I can do it.

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Our local coaches aint there yet, bro. Leave all sentiments aside. This is not a black vs white thing.

If we want to build a winning culture and keep it, in a game that was invented by Europeans, then we need to learn from them, at least until we can have a football culture we can be proud of, not knee-jerk results. We may have the talent but we need the know-how. That's the way the world works.

Are you people not rushing for foreign degrees? What's the difference? Let's not be hypocritical.

People, an aside. Do you know Ole Gunnar Solskjaer? He played for Man Utd for many years, and is now managing their reserves.

I always wonder how our own players eventually get thrown out of their clubs at the twilight of their careers, and come back as half-assed sports commentators. Can't a highly-regarded Kanu join the coaching staff of a Portsmouth or even Arsenal? even black men like Paul Ince and Andy Cole are now pursuing managerial careers. Our guys just come back home after a blighted career, and struggle for NFF jobs.

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Lagerbach is an excellent coach, most Nigerians cannot see beyond their noses. Ask Kalu uche why he blasted over from 6 yards against Argentina and Obasi for missing an open net, before asking Lagerbach any questions.

People of low intellect can go and beg Amodu if they like. They and their likes are worse than our incompetent NFF officials,

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Your level of reasoning must be low because people should be entitled to their own opinion

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Give Lagerback a million years, he wont do better than he has done. He was Sweden's coach from 2002 to 2010 and what did he do? He only managed to get them into the second round of the 2002 and 2006 world cup and a quarter final appearance at Euro 2004 and considering the talents in the Swedish side, that is very poor. Anyway, i dont think he should be sacked, his contract should not just be renewed

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All man with their wide mouth so dem fit spit out the rubbish wey full inside even if some peeps no like am.

As for me the coach should remain and whosoever doesn't like it should go for a sky skirping without parashoot.

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We have 2 years before the next nations cup, please we need a local coach for this job, in as much as we don't go outside to look for a foreigner to be our president, such should also be introduced and maintained in the football department of Nigeria. if one Nigerian coach is deem unfit to become our coach, we can look elsewhere for another Nigerian coach, for God sake, let's allow our local coach who knows THIS IS HIS COUNTRY and that it's his country he's serving to take charge of the SE and be allowed to build the kind of team he wants for the nations cup proper.

No more mercenaries, stick with your own just like the Algerians and the Egyptians.

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And they say black people arent racist? Ezeuche You are so damn racist! What the hell does colour have to do with anything? SUPPORT our own you say? You pick the individual Best suited for the Job, you look past Colour of skin.Relax with your Malcolm X mentality, its 2010.

Back to the topic at hand the only people that shouled be scrapped are the NFF. Lagerback should stay, man wasnt even given enough time to mold the team, Heck he didnt even have enough time to try out the 45 man list.

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No more mercenaries, stick with your own just like the Algerians and the Egyptians.

Amen to that, imagine NFFools were trying to hire the Egyptian coach lol

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GOD PUNISH All OF YOU that were critisizing amodu. ( i wont mention names) sebi you were all yelling for foreing coach, now you have one. two competitive matches. 2 losses. to you, our own is never good enough. someone delivered a world cup spot,nations cup medal( even though it was bronze) played 16 matches without a loss. yet you were not satisfied. some of you idiots are saying the oyinbo dint have time. didnt you know there was no time when you we asking amodu to be sacked? sebi you wanted a magician now you are seeing magic. shioorrrrrr

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Nooooooo,

What has he done wrong?

We gave Amodu 2 years or more,

Why can we give this man more time,

INSTEAD OF SACKING LAGERBACK.

WHY DON'T WE SACK

OBASI - FOR PLAYING LIKE AN ANIMAL AND LACKING COMMON SENSE

OUR ENTIRE DEFEND LINE - FOR EXPOSING ENYEAMA AND LACKING THE WILL TO FIGHT AFTER THE RED CARD

YAKUBU - FOR NOT RSING TO THE OCCASION - RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE KEEPER AND PLAYING LIKE A SCHOOL BOY.

WE SHOULD BE TALKING ABOUT PLAYERS WHO SHOULD BE SACKED,

AND NOT THE COACH,

IF YOU EMPLOY A NEW COACH, WE ARE STILL FACED WITH THIS BUNCH OF USELESS PLAYERS,

HISSSSSSSSS,

silly THREAD

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When Churchill took over as PM of England during the war, he said he could only promise toil, blood and sweat

Largerback said our best players were not even playing in the Eagles - so who has he brought in?

We were not consulted before he was brought in, so at the time he was making these promises, he had been apppointed

So why raise our hopes

There is no excuse that he is being given now that he did not have when he signed up for the job and made promises

However, I don't really care much if we lose by 10 - 0 to all teams

Soccer is not our problem; we should be looking for practical solutions to our problems

Illiteracy, corruption, unpaptriotic leader etc

It is not enough to vent here

I don't have the answers, but I bet some sharp guys do

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People are just missing the point; when this old white man came, did he not know the time was short yet he promised us nothing short of quarter finals now look at the mess we are in. To show that he did not have faith, he just took a 6 months greedy contract knowing fully well he had nothing to loose. The only way he can be allowed to continue is if he takes us to the quarter finals and then loses that match. Anything short of that is a NO NO.

I am sad when i see Nigerians say that Lagerback should continue; its then that i know that we are in a very hopeless situation. These are the same people am sure that will clamour for IBB to come back and rule again then they go to church on Sunday and shout hallelujah.

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Our values are wrong in Nigeria that is why we crave instant success that we don't deserve.

Even though I prefer the appointment of Largerback over Amodu which I still do, I never expected anything

spectacular from the Eagles going by the  circumstances behind our preparation. The guy Largs only had 3weeks with the players to be frank with ourselves. I think we should shrug off this mentality of wanting to achieve momentary success that will not last, the type that amodu had been giving to us in time past. I want Largs to stay after the world cup and should be retained till the next world cup. And don't tell me we are spending too much on him if we don't spend money on him won't the moronic NFF officials still loot the same money we refuse to spend on him?

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So why have we been abusing Kaita who reacted angrily in the heat of the moment to what he perceived to be an unfair action?

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fukk BBC what do they know about football? all they know about is current news and not analyse of football.

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Sorry I did not put the link.

I have now.

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With Kaita gone i'd have done a 3 - 4 - 2, taken out taiwo and then add adeleye to play in the mid field along etuhu, haruna and kalu, with time i'd have taken out odemwinge and put in martins.

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@davdeaf

Do you know ever how to talk to others? Poor manners!!

So what was the result after your rubbish analysis, only the players are faulty, who chose those players. why did he accept the job if he does not have a team? It is our money and nothing else.

As long as there are some people are giving rubbish excuses, we will not correct our faults

Nonsense

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@Truly

Na una go bring question and na una go answer'am again. u say the coach made no changes until second half abi?

had it been he brought in somebody in th 1st half and 2nd half TT and EACHIEJILE now came up with D injury and u

are D coach what will u do?. . .who will u intend to bring in after D exit of kaita as th coach? waiting 4 ur answer.

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@wobinyan GOD bless u jare my brother, u talk well. leave all doz (just pass time with football) pipu make dem dey talk D

rubbish wey full their mouth. "kill him, crusify him, sack him, all dis senseless talk na 4 person wey takeover the players

with just 3weeks to W.C and nobody has ever given "EVEN" 1 reason the coach should be sacked!

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This is an opinion on this matter

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulfletcher/2010/06/moment_of_madness_costs_nigeri.html#223919

"But if his appointment was based on his coaching experience with his native Sweden at the 2002 and 2006 finals, then I don't think his decision making on Wednesday vindicated the decision.

Rehhagel, who presided over Greece's remarkable Euro 2004 triumph, changed his side's entire strategy four minutes after Kaita was dismissed by taking off a defender and bringing on a forward.

Lagerback waited until the break to make a change, replacing Odemwingie with Chinedu Obasi and sending his team out for the second-half with Yakubu as the lone striker and two banks of four behind him.

By that time, however, the damage had been done. The momentum of the match had changed irreversibly and a Greek side that appeared to be slipping out of the tournament were reinvigorated - as well as on level terms.

I also think that Lagerback made a mistake in playing Yakubu for the entire 90 minutes. Surely as the match wore on the striker should have been replaced by the fresh legs of the pacey Martins?

"Every four years there is a World Cup and qualifying from the group is decided in just three games," mused Lagerback, who knew the structure of the competition and indeed the composition of Nigeria's group before he accepted the job."

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WOW!!!

The coach has done the best he could do in the shortest possible time. You can see a big difference in the way these players play now compared to say 3-6 months ago (even though most of them do not truly have anything left to offer the country).

I say leave the coach, he has a contract to fullfil but we truly need a better crop of truly motivated set of players.

Let's get away from the long lost heroes on this team who are really past their prime, concentrate on rebuilding the team like most African countries had to do way back.

The sooner we can start this, the sooner we can all stop calling for fasting and praying for Nigeria come any soccer tournament, like every other country are not praying for their team.

Our players must find that fighting spirit that most of them truly lack when called to represent the country in any tournament.

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smh @ you doing what you're accusing others of doing in the same line. if you support mediocrity and failure; sorry i dont. lagerman or whatever ever his name is needs to take his oyibo azz back to sweden. . .if we dont win the next game

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as far im concerned , it was his fault, but i think all the blame should be put on the NFF, they know what they are up to.

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yusuf01 (1st page) gave the right response for me.

I am ashamed at the rubbish I have seen on this thread and similar ones on Kaita and Lagerback. That's why we have not progressed as we would like as a nation.

God have mercy on us impatient, curse-filled, arrogant, ignorant, clueless and merciless Nigerians.

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karma is a b.itch

you cannot reap where you did not sow. monkey cannot struggle to work to qualifying a weak eagles team for the world cup and baboon (oyinbo man) will come and chop. same thing from korea 2002

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the issue at stake isnt Lagerback,pls and pls NFL should subject all our player to psychological fitness test when ever nigeria is lucky to qualify for a MAJOR tournament like the world cup.

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I don't think you guys understand what's going on in that team. I think there's something fishy going on there. I have some questions to ask:

1. Why wasn't Yakubu substituted when it was obvious that he was unfit for the match? Or did the power brokers gave instructions that he must not be replaced in the match? I observed that Amodu hardly substituted the striker in any match.

2. Why Osaze replaced with a striker (Obasi) at half time when we know that Osas was not tired or injured? Did Osaze refuse to play in the second half of the game? If osaze was to be replaced don't you think it would have been with a defender and not a striker (obasi)

#3 What was Martins doing on that bench?

4. Was the team selected for the coach or did the coach select the team?

Pls no racism and don't crucify the coach!

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at what point did u guys realise that the players are just no good enough? Yesterday? Last week? 6 months ago?

We have at least known about the quality of these same players for 12 months

so why is somebody paying Lagerback the sought of salaries only those trying to win the world cup deserve?

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Desolo, I agree with you absolutely.

Clearly, the coaches have not been the problem of this team. Those guys are a bunch of junks! I am not persuaded that even a Murinho would achieve anything with these set of players. They are just technically poor!

Imagine, does Obasi need a coach to tell him how to tap in a re-bound? Do our midfielders need to be told by a coach how to block spaces, mark spaces and win balls? Do our strikers need any coach to tell them how to make off-the-ball movements? These guys are supposed to be professionals!

Like Adokiye always say, they should have learnt the tricks and technicalities at a tender age in which case it would have been part of them. They are now too old to learn these things.

Now is the time to rebuild a new team from the scratch and the man to do that should be SIASIA.

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I would not have complained if an AYEGBENI was not fielded.

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those media people are really one of our problems.

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that is one point people don't seem to get, you don't pay huge salaries just to excersize patience.

Let Largerback GO and let us reserve all our patience for the next local coach.

But the only way we will make progress with a local coach is if we sack NFF too. Otherwise they will intentionally hire a good for nothing local coach again so that he will fail and the appetite of the Nation will be wet again for Foreign coaches and they will now justify it with their media spin doctors and hire another foreign coach for the next major tournament.

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Abeg leave Lagerback alone and stop comparing him with that knuckle-head Amodu. Amodu was given 2 years by the demented folks at the NFF to foist his mediocrity on the team and look where we are today. We all expected Lagerback to come and perform magic with a team of mediocre players he only got to meet 3 weeks before the world cup. Oh, and before y'all start going like why did he accept the job, let me ask which of you would turn down that kind of money for a 6 months contract? What the Greeks capitalized on yesterday was not the ineptitude of our players or coach, but the poor psychology of the players themselves; their inability to rouse themselves from lethargy and stir themselves up to play like their lives depended on it.

Even if you bring Mourinho or Hiddink or even our beloved Siasia to coach this same team as presently constituted, the results would not be different. We need an entirely new team, a clean break from the past; a set of young and virile boys whose mentality has not been subjected to Amodu's anti-football style. A team of boys who knows what it means to fight or die till the final blast of the whistle. Did anyone watch the Italians play last week? Did you see the urgency in their game? Did you feel the never say die attitude they displayed when they were a goal down If you ask me, they are the most likely team to lift the world cup from all I have seen so far. Until the day we regain our ability to play that way, our football is DOOMED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rather than gloat, Amodu and his patrons at the NFF should go and hide their heads in shame at what they have done to our football.

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Let us exercise patience with a local coach, not this one that is collecting $1.3 million dollars.

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[size=8pt][size=8pt]Why blaming the coach for what kaita do.It show how mentally derange our players is.Even you can see same attitude in Haruna lookman during the friendlies.Also you can compare Amodu and the present coach.Amodu was given more that 2 years to prepare yet he can not raised a formidable team.The worst that Largerback gathered in less that 5months is better that the best of Mumudu  ( AMODU ) in 2years.Our problem is not coach per say but Amodu is far from being the coach he knows nothing,technical depth = 0, tactics = 0, match reading = 0,control of the team =0 =  AMODU.I think the Lulu should be sacked and some players banished from coming close any stadium in Nigeria not to talk of playing for Nigeria.The following player are to be banished,

Etuhu.Kaita,Yakubu,Obasi,Shitu,Yobo

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[size=8pt]LULU GO YOU DONT HAVE ANY RESULT TO MERIT NEXT TERM.[/size]

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Please why all that investment and development programme on a Foreigner and not one of our own local coaches?

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