Udeze calls for Super Eagles’ Hall of Fame Museum
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Former Super Eagles defender, Ifeanyi Udeze, has adviced that a hall of fame museum be made in order to make it easy for Nigerians to recognise and appreciate players that made sacrifices and used their talents to boost the image of the country at different times.
Udeze who spoke during the wake of the demise of ex Eagles star, Ajibade Babalade last week, made the call to the Nigeria football Federation (NFF), the Ministry of Sports, the Federal Government, and other stakeholders in the country’s football.
“Nigerian footballers, dead or living, who sacrificed for the country when they played for the Super Eagles, need to be remembered in a memorable manner. Though they are neglected when they retire from football, they can be made proud of their contributions to the country through a hall of fame museum,” Udeze said.
The former Super Eagles defender said that building a hall of fame museum would spur the current players to be more committed to national team duties.
He noted that Babalade’s death presented stakeholders the opportunity to reflect and plan how to honour Nigeria’s retired internationals, adding that it is imperative for Nigerian footballers to be honoured and remembered after contributing their quota to national football development.
“As an ex footballer, I will be delighted if a hall of fame museum is constructed for people of all generations to see the footballers and their roles in nation building. It will also motivate present Super Eagles players to give their best in the national team,” he said.
On the Super Eagles team managed by Gernot Rohr, Udeze said the team have enough quality materials to succeed, adding, however, that the team would be a great side if the coaches choose only the best players.
Also, Udeze has advised Nigerian professional footballer, Alex Iwobi to begin search for another club as he might have difficult times at Everton. According to him, with James Rodriguez signed, it will be difficult for Iwobi to play.
“Imagine against Tottenham he did not make the bench and even the squad. So for me he should start looking for another club. It’s painful for me but as it is I think the best thing is for him to go elsewhere,” Udeze said.
Iwobi who made 25 appearances last season for the Toffees, scoring one goal completed his move to Everton last year from Arsenal after the Gunners employed the services of Nicholas Peppe from Lille.