Shuaibu Amodu was at his snooty best towards reporters at the testimonial game of Joseph Yobo in Port Harcourt.
Amodu was coach of the Team Nigeria during the testimonial game at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Friday, May 27. The 58-year-old coach was however snobbish towards journalists who were trying to get interviews from him and other players at the game.
The former Super Eagles coach was at his snooty best towards reporters at the stadium. He high-handedly shut down requests from the TV, newspaper and online journalists who wanted his opinion and thoughts on the man who was being celebrated on the day, Joseph Yobo.
I and my colleague, the videographer, were waved away by the Edo State born coach, several times. Subsequently, he was ignored by all the reporters who shifted their attentions to more receptive football personalities at the event.
Yobo, Samson Siasia, Jay Jay Okocha, Efe Ambrose, Mutiu Adepoju and a slew of other Nigerian football stars all granted interview requests.
Former Super Eagles defender Danny Shittu was also speaking to a host of reporters when Amodu shockingly interrupted with a rather unnecessary and unwarranted comment.
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“I hope you are not making yourself venerable,” Amodu quizzed as he strolled past by Shittu who was surrounded by a host of reporters.
Shittu walked away from the interview after that comment, much to the disappointment of the helpless reporters.
It was disgraceful and shocking to see a top football personality in Nigeria treat journalists in the manner which Amodu did.
I walked up to Amodu some minutes later to explain how hurtful his comments were to journalists -especially those of us who flew from Lagos in pursuit of fascinating content for readers. With the manner I politely approached and explain my disappointment to Amobu, I actually expected some level of contrition from the coach.
I could not have been more wrong. “I don’t blame you,” Amodu turned and said coldly.
What I really don’t get is the smug attitude of Amodu. Why the conceited show from a man who has been just average in football.
Two African Cup of Nations bronze medals and he’s suddenly God.
The response from this man was way different. Samuel Eto’o - four time African Player of the Year, World Player of the Year final nominee, FIFPro World XI, AFCON winner, Olympic Gold winner and several other team and individual awards.
The former Barcelona man was ready for an interview with Pulse TV, but we were not able to carry on because of the language difference.
David Moyes, former Everton and Manchester United manager -Manchester United!!!- gave us about 40 seconds.
So I ask again, why the pride and pompousness from Amodu?
I leave that for you to answer.