The current Sunshine Stars gaffer who was with the present U20 national team until recently has urged the NFF not to disband the team with the World Cup just two months away
Former U20 assistant coach, Samuel Abimbola has tasked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) not to overhaul the present Flying Eagles' squad and the technical crew despite their inability to win at the 2013 African Youth Championship (AYC) held in Algeria.
The U20 national team left for the African Youth Championship with so much hope after overcoming their opponents during the qualifiers effortlessly without suffering any defeat but after only their opening game in Algeria against Mali where the team spurned so many scoring chances and eventually lost 1-0, Nigerians were forced to make a rethink.
Though the John Obuh led team managed to qualify for the semi finals and a place at the FIFA U20 World Cup in the process, their lack of firepower in front of goal after creating chances became their Achilles heel as they were dumped by the Junior Pharaohs of Egypt 2-0 in the last four.
They ended up with the bronze medal after Aminu Umar's double handed them a victory in their 2-1 win over the Young Eagles of Mali who had beaten them in the Group B opening encounter.
Speaking with Goal.com on the overall results of the Flying Eagles, coach Abimbola who was with Obuh during the 2009 FIFA U17 World Cup and the U20 version two years ago before his controversial exit praised the team for nicking a ticket to the World Cup for the country.
He nonetheless cautioned against overhauling the team entirely with barely two months to the World Cup stating it would be counterproductive.
Abimbola however recommends fortification of the players and correction of other gray areas noticed to ensure that the Flying Eagles are ready for Turkey 2013.
"I will urge us to be cautious and not to throw away the baby with the bath water. Even though scoring was a problem in Algeria, they were still a good side.
“If we remove the head coach and also disband the team, it won't be the solution with less than two months to the World Cup. Let them add more players to replace those that were found wanting and to get the necessary corrections to their inability to convert most of the chances that came their way," Abimbola urged.