Raheem Lawal could have easily replace Okocha, but lacks discipline – Amokachi

Raheem Lawal could have easily replace Okocha, but lacks discipline – Amokachi

Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi he has provide explanations on why Raheem Lawal was left out of Super Eagles squad to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

Recall that  the midfielder was ommited from coach Stephen Keshi’s final 23 man sqaud to the tournament, despite featuring in the qualifiers.

On Monday, Lawal made a shocking revelations via his social media handle when he accused then assistant coach, Daniel Amokachi of leaving him out of the team, in favor of other players.

In his reactions, Amokachi who was speaking on Brila FM’s denied the allegations, before providing an insight into what went down.

Amokachi said the midfielder was dropped from the team, not only because of football reason, but also due to his lack of discipline.

I think we have to start suing people in Nigeria because when you sue and you get the implication then definitely people will start taking stuff seriously before they pour out allegations. Am I the head Coach of the team? Definitely not. Is it an assistant Coach that makes the final list for players to go to a major tournament or to come to camp? Definitely not.”

The reality is that in 2013 he was struggling with injuries and had played not more than five games for his club that season. He also had huge disciplinary issues. So it all comes down to making mistakes and blaming others.”

When Nigerians talk of a number 10 that could have easily replaced Jay Jay Okocha, Raheem was the player; he was that good.”

He is definitely a number 10, a quality number 10. He does what he wants with the ball, he scores when he wants to score, he gives sexy passes when he wants to. He is a player that you would love to have in your team any given day. But if there are obstacles when it comes to indiscipline and all that, then you have to think twice. “

For me I think his potential is beyond all the clubs that he played for, because quality wise he has it. If you look at his bio, he never stays long in a team and when a player doesn’t stay long in a team you always ask questions; there’s always a question mark.” Amokachi told Brila FM.


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