By Philips Adefioye
Former chairman of the Nigeria Football Association now re-branded federation, NFF, Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya has called on the board of the NFF to really monitor the activities of the Super Eagles players in their various clubs in Europe.
Oneya said that the inability of the NFF to know the programme of the players both on the field of play and out of it has attributed to non-inclusion of the Nigerian players in this yearâ€™s Glo-CAF top five African footballers of the year.
â€œI was almost falling back behind my sit when no Nigerian player was mentioned among the topÂ five in Africa for the Glo -CAF Award nominee, I was shocked and that calls for a lot of reflection.
â€œWhat is the matter with our football. I think we should look at ourselves and see what is wrong? Are we saying that our football is declining? Are we saying that we donâ€™t have materials that can match the names that were mentioned as the top five African players?
â€œFootball is a media event and that is why we are all here to grace this occasion, I think we should take a step back and look at ourselves because this is about the fifth year that we have had this (Award) and no Nigerian player has been nominated. I stand to be corrected, what is the matter, it is disturbing.
â€œI think the NFF officials who have been mandated to run football in this country should look into this as a serious matter,â€ Brigadier-General Oneya charged.
He said that he noticed that those nominated for the 2009 Award are the same players who were nominated last year.
â€œDidier Drogba has won it as well Samuel Etoâ€™o and everybody on the present has the chance of winning it this time around.
As a true Nigerian, in my heart I feel sad, very hurt. I think something should done to address this issue. As a football lover, I want to congratulate this yearâ€™s nominees and I thank Globacom for identifying with football in Africa because it is not only ruling the world but also ruling football.
The 2009 Glo-CAF Award is slated for Dakar, Senegal on February 25, 2010.