June 20, 2009

NFF should begin to prepare for 2014 —Awala

By Philips Adefioye
Former  Nigeria  International,  Jumbo Awala has called on the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF), to set  an agenda on how to build a formidable team for 2014 World Cup, stressing that only mother luck can see Nigeria qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Awala was of the view that should Nigeria qualify  perhaps through the sheer luck,  it would be Nigeria’s worse outing at the World Cup.

“Only by luck would Nigeria be in South Africa come next year. I think we should go back to the drawing board, set our mind and plan for 2014 World Cup whereby we can get good crop of young players that would be willing to make sacrifices for the country because if you look at every aspect of our football has dropped.

We don’t have any team to look up to any more, even the players that are playing at the English Premier league are not even super players as it used to be. For us to get back to that standard, we need to go back to the drawing board, look for new set  of players within the ages of 17 so that they can be natured before 2014″, he said.

Concerning the discovering of new players, the blame should be on the technical committee not the coach because since the exit of Nigeria at the quarter finals of the last Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, the technical committee of the NFF has done nothing.

“I would not blame the coach,  the socalled technical committee of the NFF is not doing its work. I noticed something in Franch team when the World Cup qualifier was on, Aimee Jacque always contacted Raymond Debouch to exchange  as the head of technical committee.

The technical committee of the NFF do nothing to support the Super Eagles, from the last Nations Cup in Ghana  up till now where is the technical report of the team’s performance . You don’t see those things coming out, they just bear the name technical committee, where is the technical input.

“If the coach does not  know the players to be invited, he should be guided by technical committee, it is about collective effort”