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Lagerbäck concerned over Nigeria death threats

AFP/The Local · 22 Jun 2010, 07:20

Published: 22 Jun 2010 07:20 GMT+02:00

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"There is nothing official. There is not an official death threat where we can panic," team spokesman Idah Peterside said on the eve of their decisive Group B match against South Korea.

"In our language, when we say 'We kill you', it means 'We're not happy with you'."

Peterside's comments came just a day after he himself said that Kaita had already received "more than 1,000" death threats via email.

South African police spokeswoman Sally de Beer said earlier Monday: "It is alleged that Mr Kaita has received numerous death threats via e-mail and according to the team's spokesperson these threats emanate from Nigeria.

"The team security liaison officer, with the Nigerian team has been requested to pay close attention to Kaita and to ensure that the stringent security measures already in place are sustained."

De Beer said no case had been opened with police so far, but FIFA was also aware of the e-mail threats.

The 24-year-old midfielder received the threats after he received a red card in the 33rd minute of his side's 2-1 defeat to Greece in their Group B match on Thursday, and his email address was posted on the Internet alongside the message: "This man must die."

Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback said that death threats were "never a good thing".

"It's a very, very sad situation that's come out," the Swede said shortly before Peterside's seemingly contradictory comments.

"It's something we have to handle. The players are professionals used to

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living under pressure.

"The players have handled it very well, and I was glad to see the players support Kaita."

Nigeria face South Korea in Durban on Tuesday evening. The Super Eagles need to win with a good margin and hope that Argentina beat Greece in the other Group B match in Polokwane.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:58 June 22, 2010 by baxilo
Let him go to hell....he is a f***k!
11:50 June 22, 2010 by krow
The man has earned himself a place of history in Nigeria. lol . A mail sent by my friend explains it

"A new word has been added to the Dictionary."KAITA" A man who single handedly hinder the hope of his country for reason best known to him. "Kaita" can be use in place of words like Jeopardy, Hinder, Sabotage, Disrupt, Antagonist, fool etc. Examples are Don't kaita what we have been building for 11 yrs in one day. Don't be a Kaita"
12:54 June 22, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Let's pray that Nigeria wipes out South Korea tonight and that Argentina does the same to Greece

If they don't, of much graver concern to Lagerbäck personally, would be the more than 2,000 not so anonymous threats to Lagerbäck's own continued existence as Nigeria's national football coach.

The matter of having an Oyibo (White & foreign) coach for the Nigerian National team does not sit well with all Nigerians. It's National Pride, that's at stake. It's simple human nature.

The Nigerian Media is abuzz with discussions about the foreign coach.


Should Nigeria win the World Cup, it will be all Hallel-u-jah, Hosanna and Lars Lagerbäck might even displace President Goodluck Jonathan as the New Oyibo King of Nigeria.

However should Nigeria fail to make it to the next stage – scapegoat-ism will be inevitable:Lagebäck's Swedish ass will probably be grass and the cry might well turn to “crucify him !” and he might forever go down as what some people have already taken to calling him: “Lager beer”

Reminiscent of Einstein's situation when he proposed his Theory of Relativity at which time he said:

"If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew." (Address to the French Philosophical Society at the Sorbonne (6 April 1922);
14:12 June 22, 2010 by Audrian
Football is the new religion. The believers expect their teams to do their best to win games; football supporters and football hooligans' ultimate dream is to win the World Cup. Remember how the small town journalist, Lars, managed to infuriate the followers of Islam region by insulting their prophet. Keita has behaved in the same way. If Keita wishes to be safe he should consult the expert Lars, who has successfully managed to conceal himself.

The behavior of Nigeria's Keita and Brazil's Kaka is despicable. I think they should have been dismissed for the duration of this World Cup.
21:41 June 22, 2010 by donfabricio
Nigeria's going nowhere, they had a perfectly respectable manager in Shaibu Amudou who incidentally managed to guide them through the world cup qualifiers, and they sacked to recruit a loser, a man who couldn't even help his own country Sweden to qualify to the world cup. Pathetic.
00:37 June 23, 2010 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Fi faaan också! The son of a gun

When Lagerbäck - instead of focusing on the match ahead started expressing concerns about alleged death threats against one of the squad that was not going to be playing in today's most important match – I should have suspected that something more insidious was afoot – that Tarzan, King of the African jungle was doing a prefiguration of his own demise – and trying to obfuscate the real issue.

Right now I am not the only one who is bereft of adequate words but not emotions.

There's no alternative left but to agree with you completely and to go a little further: Lars Lagerbäck should be court-martialled, quartered and then hanged, juridically accomplished, or even face a shoot out (firing squad) or choose an honourable exit , not by hemlock but by guillotine for deliberately sabotaging Nigeria's chances of advancement. Deliberately.

I was at a party thrown by Mighty Carlos (of Spain) and had boasted to a soul sister from South Korea, that tonight, she was going to know who we (Nigeria) are.

Watched the match with an Oyibo Swedish Yoruba brother from Lagos who was (of course) pro-Nigeria throughout the match. You can imagine our joy when Nigeria's first goal was delivered. The first of many - - it's gonna be a goal feast we reassured each other but from the very beginning I was wondering why old man Nwankwo Kanu admittedly good, even superb fifteen years ago but today walks like a tired old camel and why was he in the team – and not the dynamic Peter Odemwingie and others of the people's choice? That was me wondering - whilst Jonah was trying to assure me that Kanu was there to give “inspiration” and “assurance” to the team.

Indeed just like James, in "Dinner for One" Kanu put in his best and as we all know a man can't do more than his best.

Before being axed, Lagerbäck should be deep-fried in palm oil with a large helping of cayenne pepper

01:29 June 23, 2010 by glamelixir
It is so sad that the African teams are not doing well in their own continent, when it was their time to shine.

I think they should believe more in their own resources! Get local coaches, they might not be as experienced in football or worldcups as others but they might know how to motivate their teams better. And if you go for a foreigner, pick an Argentinean, Brazilian, Italian, Brit, someone that can deliver. Otherwise trust your own.

My dad, an ex professional futbol player, had a lot of hopes in many African teams. This is so dissapointing.

I never understood this thing of being represented by foreigners, I mean it is the world cup, there should be such thing as nationality at every level.

My grandfather was Italian, and for many years he represented and brought cups to Uruguay.. I understood that.
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