4th July, 2011
Former Nigerian international, Gabriel Okolosi, says the retrogressive trend witnessed in the countryâ€™s football in the last decade is caused by those at the helms of affairs of the football governing body.
Okolosi, ex- Julius Berger and Esperance of Tunisia forward disclosed that the dismal performances recorded by both the local clubs and national teams at major tourneys recently were as a result of incompetent officials managing the Nigerian football.
â€œThe majority of people saddled with the responsibility of overseeing football in this country know nothing about the game and they continue to run the sport aground,â€ he said.
â€œWe need to re-organise the Nigeria football federation, NFF, to give way for only those that have genuine interest of the game at heart, not the present crop of mediocre running football in Nigeria now.â€
The former player of Africa Sport of Ivory Coast noted that â€œit is high time we let the ex footballers assume the position of managing football in the country.â€
Commenting on the chances of Super Eagles qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations next year, the retired Young Boys of Switzerland striker exhumed confidence, saying â€œall they need to do is to win the remaining two matches and I see them qualifying either as the group leaders or one of the three best losers.â€
â€” Bamidele Olowosagba