By KATE OBODO
Former Super Eagles player Baldwin Bazuaye has described the recent slide in Nigeria’s football as a temporary set back and believes that with time, things will normalize.
Bazuaye opined in a chat with Saturday Vanguard Sports that what the country needs now, was time and patience to get things right again even as he urged Nigerians to see the country’s non qualification for any competition next year as an opportunity to develop and revamp the country’s football.
“It is crystal-clear that we have failed in all angles but we should put that behind us and move on . Life is all about perseverance. I believe in this school of thought that says to succeed is to persevere.
Of course, we have failed, but that is not the end of the world. We need to sit down and find out what went wrong and see how we can make amends.
So many people have described ex-players as a curse to Nigeria football but I disagree. They are not a curse nor failures. I think they have managed the national team to the best of their ability. I think the short time at their disposal and ill-luck were the problems. It is just unfortunate things are happening this way.
There are other ex-players that are competent to manage the national team, all we need is to give them more time. Nigerians are not patient with them to produce good results, all we always want is to win all the time without considering whether the structure is good or not.
I think they have tried and need time and support to do the job. Other countries support their national teams very well, that is why they are growing, but here the reverse is the case, the only thing we do best is to criticise. There is no way we can grow if we continue to criticise without proffering solutions. Let’s try to make a way for our ex-players who are good coaches, there are quality ex-players who are still capable.
Life is all about time and luck, we do not need to blame anybody. All we need now is to groom our national teams properly since we will not be participating in any competition next,” he concluded.