Former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh says that if Nigeria fail to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, football in the country must be overhauled.
Oliseh expressed his concern following Nigeriaâ€™s 2_2 home draw with Tunisia left them second in their group.
â€œThe situation is now a dire one, because the only chance we have of going to the World Cup now is if Tunisia faltersâ€ he told BBC Sport.
Oliseh, who played for Nigeria at both the 1994 and 1998 World Cups said he had a feeling of deja vu.
â€œThis is like old music playing all over againâ€ he complained.
â€œIt was the same situation [qualifying for the 2006 World Cup] with Angola. We drew with them at home and then we had to hope for Angola to falter. They did not falter and they went on to go to Germany and we didnâ€™tâ€.
Oliseh said there have been problems with the team for the last seven years since his generation retired and criticised the running of the game in the country.
â€œEverything starts from the top. If the top isnâ€™t right it trickles down to the bottom and the players are at the bottom end of the ladder because they are the ones that have to performâ€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s no secret that we donâ€™t have a federationâ€ he said. â€œItâ€™s no secret we donâ€™t have a competent administrationâ€.
However the former central midfielder believes the current administration and technical crew need to finish the job.
But if Nigeria donâ€™t make it to South Africa Oliseh believes there needs to be a complete reshuffle at the Nigerian Football Federation.
â€œWe have no choiceâ€ he said. â€œIt would be a shame for this major tournament being held on our continent for the first time ever, not to have our country in it.
The former skipper still has a slim hope of Nigeriaâ€™s qualification. â€œItâ€™s a doubtful one, but in football never say neverâ€ he said.