Super Eagles legend Emmanuel Babayaro has called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to launch an investigation after the Flying Eagles crashed out of the FIFA U20 World Cup.
Paul Aigbogun’s were sent packing in the final 16 after losing to Senegal last night, and Babayaro blames the NFF.
“From the beginning, their performance has been poor. Our exit was expected, it was long-coming,” Babayaro told Goal. Nigeria advanced to the final 16 after putting away Qatar 4-0, before losing to the USA 2-0 and drawing 1-1 with Ukraine.
The Flying Eagles during the 4-0 drubbing of Qatar in the group stages.
“Look at how we qualified in the first instance, apart from the very first game we won and we won against a very poor side, we never beat any other team.”
“The technical team are not up to speed technically. It baffled me that we will be going for a World Cup without our best legs, it is a shame.”
“If we play well with the youngsters and we are eliminated in the group stage it’s cool, it is developmental. We need to go for the right lads for our own future,” continued the player who was part of the Nigeria 1996 Olympic gold medal-winning team.
“The NFF should do the needful. Do your proper investigation into what happened with the Flying Eagles. How can we be taking mediocre players to the competition like the World Cup and then dropping the best players? “
The Flying Eagles ahead of the flight to Poland.
“I think the team should be investigated and if the coaches are found wanting they should be sanctioned to serve as a lesson to others.”
“They are killing our future, the purpose of the tournament is to create room for the young kids who will graduate to U23 and then to the Super Eagles.”
“Our coaches need orientation, they should select the right ages. The NFF should not put the coaches under pressure, pay them well when due, that way if you find them trying to involve in any illicit behaviour as regards team selection then it is easy to deal with them because you have given them everything to work.”
“What stops us from taking the right players to the tournament? The coaches need to be orientated that they should not use their selfish interest to bring the nation down,” concluded a displeased Babayaro.