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Published On: Mon, Nov 24th, 2014

Onigbinde criticizes NFF on technical grounds

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CAF technical instructor Adegboye Onigbinde

CAF technical instructor Adegboye Onigbinde

As reactions continue to trail Nigeria’s non-qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, CAF technical instructor Adegboye Onigbinde has said the lack of a working technical department in the Nigeria Football Federation is responsible for the country’s woes.

The respected football technocrat has blamed the Super Eagles’ ouster from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on the lack of a functional technical department

The former FIFA technical instructor said the country’s football administrators need to embark on massive football development so as to help the growth of the game in the country.

“We just have to sit down and review all that has happened to our football. Let’s be sincere with ourselves, are we developing football in the country,” Onigbinde told Goal.

“There is no developmental programme in this country, yet we want to qualify for every competition and also do well.

“All we need to do now is start developing our football and you cannot do that without a functional technical department.

“Football is a technical matter and in this country, we have relegated the technical aspect to the background.”

He also opposed those calling for the head of coach Stephen Keshi insisting his removal will not proffer solutions to the sorry state of Nigerian football.

“It is not a new thing in Nigeria, I came back from the Africa Nations Cup in 1984 and I was removed. So sacking coaches is not a new thing in the country,” he continued. “We are not happy with the players and other members of the technical crew and we want them fired but the real problem is the lack of a functional technical department.

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