By Kate Obodo
Former NFA scribe Alhaji Sani Toro has expressed disappointment over the failure of Nigerian players to make the list of the 2010 African footballer of the year award, released by the Confederation of Africa footballer (CAF) last week.
The nominees for the 2010 CAF award which will be announced on December 20, 2010 in Cairo Egypt include Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o Fils alongside Asamoah Gyan, Salomon Kalou and Seidu Keita.
According to Toro, the exclusion of Nigerian players in this year’s CAF award is a result of poor performances from the players both within and outside the country, adding that the NFA should use this opportunity to restructure the country’s football if it wants Nigerian players to be among those to be short-listed next year.
“What do you expect when some of the players are not doing well in their various clubs. Look at our domestic league, it is nothing to writing home about. In this regard, do you expect CAF to pick from players who are not doing very well.
It is not possible!
And unless we improve on our league, will still have same problem. People should be bold to tell the NFA that we are not playing football in this country. Even players that are outside the country are not quality players.