By Philips Adefioye
The Technical Commitee of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and the technical crew of the Super Eagles have been advised to learn from the Egyptians who paraded about 98 percent of home-based players at the just concluded African Cup of Nations in Angola.
Retired FIFA badged referee, Chief Bolaji Okubule said that the non inclusion of local league players in the Super Eagles squad that was taken to the Nations Cup in Angola was a blunder as the Pharaohs showed the usefulness of having home based players in a team.
â€œI would like to call the attention of the Technical Committee of the NFF and the Super Eagles technical crew to learn from the Egyptians who won the cup Angola. The EgyptianÂ team is full of their local players except two or three players playing out side Egypt.
What Iâ€™m trying to say is that the technical committee and the technical crew should not take off their eyes from our local players henceforth. If you look at the whole issue critically, there are defenders in our local league who are better and worthy ofÂ national call and could have come in for Apam Onyekachi who had to miss one of the matches during the Nations Cup in Angola,â€ he said.
Okubule a FIFA and CAF match commissioner stressed that some of the NFF officials were not serious about football development in the country, pointing out that their only concern was what will go into their pockets.
â€œIn the past, officials were committed to football development, putting their money and time in order to ensure the development of the game in the nooks and cranniesÂ of the country but now nobody is interested in investing into football development and that is the reason we remain in the position we are.
â€œThe present NFF are trying their best but whether their best is good for the country I wouldnâ€™t know. I know that the present NFF have organised several courses for coaches, referees andÂ football administrators, what else do you want them to do? The bottom line is that many of the officials are not committedâ€.
The one time board member of the Nigeria Football Association, now Federation, figured out that some of the players should be dropped in order not to have a disastrous outing in South Africa later in June.
â€œAlthough football is not mathematics, we need to reorganise our team immediately in order not to have a bad outing at the World Cup to be hosted on the African continent for the first time. Our players are not match fit, we should go for young players who are hungry for name and not players who are match rusty.