By James Agberebi:
As Nigeria celebrates 55 years of nationhood, former Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, states that as far as the nation’s football is concern, there is nothing to celebrate about.
In a chat with completesportsnigeria.com, the 2002 World Cup coach, posits that the football authority have not done enough in the area of developing football in the country.
“I don’t see anything to celebrate about Nigerian football because it’s like when one is just marching on a spot. In fact, I will say the pre-independence era was even better.
“I am not condemning or overlooking whatever achievement we’ve had since independence. But what I’m not happy about is that we all know that we have the potentials, but we are not utilising them, which makes one sad.
“I believe the principal objective of every football administration should be the development of the game. But I cannot see any meaningful development programme for Nigerian football.
“I remember in those days, immediately after independence, clubs like Staionary Stores, 3SC, Rangers use to pick players from secondary schools. But how is it now? And on a serious note, there is no reason why Nigeria shouldn’t have won the World Cup if we had gotten our acts right,” Onigbinde tells completesportsnigeria.com.
He states further:” The world knows we have the talent, but are we doing things right? I am waiting for someone to show me the plan for our development programme for sport.”