A top NFF official has made a damning admission as regards the country’s U23 team who are on the brink of exiting the qualifiers for the 2024 Paris Olympics – selfish officials have made dubious call-ups and team selection for cash.
The Nigeria U23s were held to a scoreless draw at home by Guinea with the return leg fixed for Tuesday in Morocco.
The overall winners of this playoff will advance to this year’s U23 AFCON to be hosted by Morocco, which will also determine the African representatives to next year’s Olympics in Paris.
The top official told SCORENigeria: “How can you explain how players from a non-league team in England of the fifth division in Portugal will now be playing for Nigeria at this level?
“These team officials have only allowed their self-interests to overtake their better judgment.
“There is just no other way you can explain what we are seeing as it concerns this team even if it is difficult to prove this.”
He continued: “How do you explain a coach changing players before half time or those players who started were forced on him?
“Is it that he does not know the players or what?”
The official further lamented the absence of a NFF Technical Sub-Committee, which ought to have vetted the list of players invited to the various national teams.
“The Technical Committee, which would have independently questioned these dubious call-ups, has not sat for many, many years,” he said.
“So, who can ask questions as regards the suitability or otherwise of those invited?”
Those U23 Eagles are not mobile as a team, the coach needs to drill his boys to shade off weight and be flexible. The team midfield player must be vibrant and a playmaker should be swift in lightning speed, the team demand to be fast and accurate with precision in the field of play for maximum winning for each game they play.
When you recruited wrong players for national assignment, you would surely get wrong result. You invited half baked players for the match of this magnitude.
In fact, Nigeria issue in every sphere is headache
Untill Nigerian coaches realise the high blood pressure they are subjecting is to our poor performance will remain.
Untill Nigerian coaches realise the high blood pressure they are subjecting us to.our poor performance will remain.
The disease has been sowed long time ago. We are reaping the dividends of the bad disease. Everything in Nigeria has been so collated what do you expect? The Mother Cow chew the grass, the kids watches and later practice. The story is just replete with what we saw in the 2023 election, then why are you complaining? We are in the land of corruption.