Ex-Nigeria footballer Sani Kaita believes the issues of the country junior teams struggles do not lie with coaches but rather the Nigeria Football Federation NFF.
The U-17 crashed out of the FIFA U-17 World Cup’s last 16, the U-20 crashed out at the same level in FIFA U-20 World Cup earlier this year while the U-23 just recently failed to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Many have been quick to call for the heads of coaches but Kaita has a different perspective. “We cannot always blame coaches every time our national teams failed at any competition or games, it is not always their fault,” Kaita said via The Nation.
“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, now doing his FIFA coaching badges in the UK, was also part of a Nigeria 20 team that finished second at FIFA U-20 World Cup 2005 as well as the 2008 Olympics.
“I am very disappointed that Nigeria football is going down drastically. We have crashed out of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, we couldn’t make it at the U-20 World Cup, the U-23s and Falcons failed to qualify for next year Olympics.”
Kaita concluded by pleading with the NFF to take responsibility of these underperformances.
“I believe something is wrong somewhere with Nigeria football. The NFF cannot continue to hide under some excuses, but rather ensure they find solutions to the factors that caused these failures,” added Kaita.