CHAIRMAN of the Nigeria
Football Federation, NFF
Technical committee Chris
Green has asked football-loving
Nigerians to wait till next five
years before expecting Super
Eagles to bounce back to their
winning ways.
Green who spoke to Nigerian
Pilot Sports in Abuja however
noted the country’s football body
was doing all it can to ensure that
the Senior National team secure
2017 Nations Cup ticket.
Nigeria failed to appear at 2015
AFCON after the team couldn’t
muster what it takes to beat South
Africa at Uyo earlier on.
With another shocker looming,
Green who was reinstated head
NFF’s technical committee last
December urged all hands to be on
deck to ensure massive supports
Eagles when they confront their
Egyptian counterpart in a doubleheader
ties next month.
“As you know Rome was never
built in a day. It’s true that our
Senior National team have not be
doing too well in recent times, I
have the confidence that they will
one day start making Nigerians
happy again. It took countries like
Germany, Brazil or even Argentina
doing well today years for them
to start making great impact in
world football.
“If you observed, players who
currently play for some of these
countries from Europe or some
part of South America were those
who featured for their nations at
the junior levels as far back as 2008,
2009. Think of Messi of Argentina,
Kroos of Germany and so many
of them, they all graduated from
U-17, U-20 and their likes.”
“So what we are trying to do is to
see how the Kelechi’s, Awoniyi’s,
Osihmen’s will continue to
progress the country’s senior
team with time.”
Green also maintained that
NFF elevated Emmanuel
Amuneke to coach Flying
Eagles in a bid to ensure
continuity.
Nigeria as Africa’s most
populated Nation is yet to
win the FIFA U-20 World Cup
despite coming close in 1989
and 2005.
According to Green; “the
various changes we have made
or that is being made is to bring
new innovations that will make
our national teams especially
the senior ones return to
winning ways
“He has already won the
FIFA U-17 World Cup and has
now been taken up to the U-20s
with his boys. And should he
now deliver again, he could
take over the U-23s or even the
Super Eagles


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