By Philips Adefioye
Former Nigerian international Kenneth Olayombo has advised Super Eagles chief coach, Samson Siasia to consider players who are playing in the lower division of the country’s league when inviting players for the national team.
Olayombo told Saturday Vanguard sports in an exclusive interview that though the Super Eagles cannot be totally overhauled now, it has to be mixture of old and new players adding that it will take some time for Nigerians to see a formidable team.
“Siasia should not leave players worthy of national team behind no matter the division they are playing in the country’s league like it used to be in those days.
“It is not possible to overhaul the team totally, it has to be mix of old and new players. He is not a magician though, it will take a bit of time to have a formidable team that Nigerians really want to see,” he said.
Concerning the FIFA ranking, Olayombo said that Nigeria was far from the position she is supposed to be on the ranking, stating that the ranking makes a country know her performance or state of its football, pointing out that with the avalanche of talents in the country, the Super Eagles should be between first to tenth on the ranking.
“We are far from where we supposed to be on the ranking despite the avalanche of talents we have in this country. To me 30thor 31st on the ranking is precarious, it means we are not there yet.
We have a very big mountain to climb but with the new coach on ground and if things are done accordingly by the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, things will be better with our football.”he said.
He therefore urged the NFA to learn from the mistakes of the past and put their house in order, adding that if they do, there will a change in the country’s football.