By Olayinka Elebute
Former Super Eagles international, Sani Kaita has exonerated Nigerian coaches from the failure of our poor performances of our various National teams. They are not to be blamed but our administrators who are not concern with football development but only want to enrich themselves.
This year alone Nigeria U17 team, the Golden Eaglets, failed to go past the Round of 16 of the U17 World Cup in Brazil, the U20s also crashed out of their own World Cup in Poland prematurely while both the men and women’s teams also failed to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
But Kaita in his reaction said: “We cannot always blame coaches every time our national teams failed at any competition or games, it is not always their fault,”
“Other factors like lack of motivation for the players, poor preparation for major competitions have also contributed to disappointing results recorded by Nigeria lately,” Kaita who is currently taking his coaching course in England said.
Kaita, who won the FIFA U20 silver medal and 2008 Olympic silver medal for Nigeria, said the NFF must move quickly to halt the downward slide of Nigeria football
“I am very disappointed that Nigeria football is going down drastically,” he said. “We crashed out of the FIFA U17 World Cup, we couldn’t make it at the U20 World Cup, the U23s and Falcons failed to qualify for next year Olympics.
“I believe something is wrong somewhere with Nigerian football. “The NFF cannot continue to hide under some excuses, but rather ensure they find solutions to the factors that caused these failures,” he concluded.