Former Super Eagles international, Mr Garba Lawal has slammed the current crop of Super Eagles for their lack of passion when playing for the national team.
In a recent chat, Lawal said that during his own time, his set played like lions when they played for Nigeria.
“During my time, we played as a team. You know we have players who you can call anytime and they will deliver. So you can see the zeal in them, they fight like lions but I don’t see these in the current players.
“I don’t know why this generation is different. It is only them that can tell us what the problem is. When I watch them play I don’t see that passion in them,” he said.
Speaking on the new faces called up by the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, Lawal said he is at liberty to bring up new places to fight for places.
“Rohr can call up anybody he wants to call. We can’t question him. That’s what he is being paid for. The old players will give way sooner or later.
“When you have plan B in football, it’s always good. He is the manager and the only one that can access them for the team,” he said.
Lawal is regarded as one of the most versatile players in the Nigeria national football team of the 1990s and early 2000s often being used for any position ranging from defence to attack on the left wing. Lawal took part at the FIFA World Cups in 1998, where he played a key role in the 3-2 win over Spain in Nigeria’s first match of the tournament, and in 2002. He won the Olympic gold medal in 1996.
He represented Nigeria at four editions of African Cup of Nations: 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006, scoring in all but the first.