Lagos – Some football coaches and fans have decried the falling standard of the game in Nigeria and called for a return to the basics.
Reacting to the National U-23 team’s 1-2 loss to Senegal on Tuesday in the ongoing CAF U-23 Championship in Morocco, the speakers said that something urgent needed to be done to save the situation.
Kasimawo Laloko, a former technical director, Nigeria Football Association (NFA) said on Wednesday that he was worried over the country’s football.
Laloko said that Nigeria had to go back to the grassroots to revive football.
He also advised that football coaches be sent abroad for coaching clinics for them to improve on their performance.
“The solution to this lingering problem is for the NFA to go back to the grassroots to hunt for talents that would improve football in the country,’’ Laloko said.
Paul Hamilton, former Falcon‘s coach, also corroborated Laloko‘s view that the NFA should go back to the drawing board to ascertain the problems in football.
“The NFA should go back to the drawing board to chart a new course for the development of football in the country,’’ he said.
A veteran journalist and sports analyst, Ayo Oshitelu, blamed the defeat of the Olympics team on coach Austin Eguavoen’s technical lapses.
According to him, the coach failed to address the defensive lapses, which has threatened the team’s 2012 London Olympics qualification.
“I think the NFA technical department also needs capable hands to brighten the chances of Nigeria in international competitions,’’ Oshitelu said. (NAN)