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Chukwu: Eagles Revival Lies On Local League

Chukwu: Eagles Revival Lies On Local League

–Former Nigeria captain advises NFF

Former Nigeria coach, Christian Chukwu has posited that Super Eagles revival in the aftermath of the team’s failure to qualify for the 2015 AFCON lies in the NFF looking for talents from the domestic league.

The Enugu Rangers Technical Consultant believes over reliance on overseas-based talents has detrimentally affected the country’s football fortunes in recent years.

Nigeria’s senior national team, the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations despite emerging champions at the biennial soccer showpiece in 2013.

Chukwu acknowledges that it is important get the “the right balance of” overseas-based and home-based talent in the national team.

“We no longer pay attention to our local league as we used to in the past. The foreign-based players are important but the foundation, which is our league, must not be ignored,” Chukwu told supersports.com.

Chukwu, who lead Nigeria to a third place finish at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, however reckons that “things will get better if we return to the basics.”

“As African champions, we are supposed to be in Equatorial Guinea next year to defend our trophy but I am sure things will get better if we return to the basics.

“In the past, we had very good players come through the local league. There are so many good players in the country but they are not given the opportunity to develop,” he said.

Chukwu, an Enugu Rangers legend, captained Nigeria to their first Africa Cup of Nations success in 1980.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 3
  • Raymond gary 4 years ago

    The problem again is the team selection, how could you explain a situation where your highest goal scorer is not selected for camping in Abu Dhabi, How could you explain that the best goalkeeper in the league was not called through out the qualifier and one Chigoze Agin was so prominent in the team even when his obvious shortcoming was advertised to the world in Chan 2014, this can never happen in Ghana, until we begin to appoint coaches that are not sentimental, even the press did not help matters in Nigeria, I could remember when Samson Siasia failed to qualified us for the nations cup, Complete sports were the first to clamored for Siasia’s head, so now that their friend Keshi has failed us, are they measuring them with the same tape, NO, KILL SOME, SPARE SOME, COMPLETE SPORTS HAS FAILED US, MUMUNI YOU ARE A DISGRACE.

  • Paul Uzokwe 4 years ago

    Chukwu is absolutely right and that is the only solution to salvage Nigerian football., rather than depending on the so called professionals.

  • Saint Palmer 4 years ago

    Wonder shall never ends in Nigeria, when Keshi was inviting bunch of home based players and the soo called ” Know All ” Fans were attacking him from every angle those fools never say a word then now they want to advice the NFF to focus on the local league, just come out and say you need a job, useless people..