Nigerian Football: From U17 World Champions To Losing Out In The First Round Of CHAN

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The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has remained its characteristic staccato and erratic personae. It was just a few months ago that the national under 17 (U17) team overcame all comers in Chile and retained the U17 World title. It was a dogged fight by these young Nigerians that saw them putting up a gallant effort in the final to clinch the title. Fast forward to most recently and with the Home-based Super Eagles or the senior national team and their performance was abysmal to say the least, losing out in the first round of Confederation of African Football’s home-based championship. What followed was even more disgraceful. News then spread of the poor administrative, logistic and financial support for the team by the NFF. That News came from none other than the national team coach, Mr. Sunday Oliseh. By now we all know of his video rant that went viral and his apology that followed. Sunday Oliseh, the Super Eagles and NFF can still succeed if Oliseh is able to overcome the paranoia that everyone is out to make him lose, if NFF can do their job including sourcing funding from the private sector and the players can believe again.

 

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