Bamola chides Musa over Pillars return
By Sab Osuji
A dissenting voice has roared from the National Vice President (North) of Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club, Hon. Gowin Solomon Bamola who has now distanced himself from the bandwagon of Nigeria football freaks singing praises of Ahmed Musa’s return to the domestic league, NPFL, more so for signing for Kano Pillars.
Bamola said that there is nothing so celebrate about Musa’s return to play in the Nigeria League once more after many years of his football sojourn in Europe.
“For me, Ahmed Musa is aged and out of form, having been clubless for the past eight months”, Bamola said.
“I think it is more advisable for Musa to leave the stage now so as to pave way for the younger ones who are coming up, to continue from where he stopped instead of rejoining Kano Pillars, thereby, blocking the chance of the young players who are more energetic and equally seeking for national recognition.
“Yes, I agree that Musa is an experienced player, but it is obvious now that age is no longer on his side which is one of the determinant factors that coaches often use as yardstick during recruitment of players.
“Believe me, it would have been a nice decision if Musa had retired in a blaze of glory especially now that the ovation is loud, instead of resorting to the Nigerian method of “sit tight syndrome” in a position waiting to be disgraced out.
“On a serious note, I expected Musa to have wisely toed the path of Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Jay-jay Okocha, Sunday Oliseh, John Obi Mikel and Odion Ighalo amongst others who voluntarily and honourably retired from the game when they realized that they have reached their prime in soccer and age was no longer on their side to compete favourably with the younger ones”.
Bamola is of the view that Musa would have alternatively embarked on a coaching course that would qualify him as a trained and licensed coach to impact positively on the younger players.