–Former Nigeria coach charges NFF on domestic league for a better 2015
Former Nigeria captain and later head coach of the senior national team, Christian Chukwu has come out hard on the country’s football, insisting 2014 was a monumental failure.
Reflecting on the out gone year, Chukwu stressed that though there were remarkable feats in the age group teams that could not be used as a measure for the performance of the country in the game last year.
“Last year 2014 was a bad year for our football. The Super Eagles were unable to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Equatorial Guinea later this month.
“That’s the high point of it all because FIFA and CAF rate each country based on the performance of its senior national team and not the age group teams.
“To that extent, I’ll say last year 2014 was a bad one for Nigerian football”, Chukwu lamented.
He admitted that the only positives in the year were recorded by the different age group teams including the various women’s teams.
“The Flying Eagles did well to qualify for the African Youth Championships. So also did the Golden Eaglets who also qualified for the U-17 African Championship.
“In the women’s category, the Super Falcons reclaimed the AWC crown, the Falconets won silver at the FIFA U-20 World Cup with even our own Asisat Oshoala voted MVP of the Championship.
“These are no doubt remarkable performances but they don’t add any value to our football when it comes to rating by FIFA and CAF, that’s why I said last year was a bad one for our football,” Chukwu lamented.