Whatever the outcome of the return leg world cup qualifying match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and their counterpart from the Central African (CAR), it is high time the Federal Government take proactive steps in overhauling the Super Eagles team and its officials before it is too late.
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That the Super Eagles of Nigeria lost their third qualifying match at home to a relatively unknown team from Central Africa is longer news.
In one of my previous article on Super Eagles team, I drew the attention of readers and football fans to the fact that Nigeria has not yet qualified from its group despite harnessing the maximum 6 points from first two matches. I advised, then, that the team should perish the false hope of having qualified, but I was vilified for my views. Where are we now?
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If Super Eagles' handlers had done the necessary investigation on Super Eagles opponents, especially the most recent, Central African Republic, we won't be in our present mess.
When it comes to world cup qualifying matches, there are no minnows any longer among African teams. The same Central African Republic team defeated Algeria at home, 2-0 in an African Cup of Nations qualifying match in 2012 to top its group.
Ever wondered why most Super Eagles players are doing very well in their foreign clubs, but when they are on duty for Nigeria, their quality is always put to question? What could be the missing link?
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It all boils down to the quality of coaching here in Nigeria. Gernot Rohr-led coaching crew must be asked questions as to why he has not been able to bring out the best out of the players as obtained in their respective clubs.
In the match against Central African Republic, Gernot Rohr invited 3 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 7 forwards and only 2 natural midfielders! The outcome of that match has become history.
Nigeria have the players, but not the coach.
With just three matches left to be played at the group stages of the world cup qualifying process, the Federal government must not wait until Nigeria failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 world cup before taking proactive measures. Now is the time to have an all encompassing overhaul of the team with a view to making the Super Eagles a formidable and fearsome force not only in Africa , but in the world as well.
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