Daniel Amokachi, a former striker for the Nigerian Super Eagles and Everton, has remarked that Nigeria’s footballing problem is a lack of coaching.
Following their early withdrawal from the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in January this year, Nigeria’s Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Following the team’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, the Nigeria Football Federation fired technical adviser Augustine Eguavoen and his assistants.
The NFF revealed new assistant coaches for the club on Thursday, April 14, with the job of head coach still open.
However, Amokachi believes that changing coaches isn’t the answer, and that the country’s deeper structural challenges must be addressed.
“It’s like building a home from the roof down instead of starting with the correct foundation and working your way up,” Amokachi told BBC Sport Africa.
“Do we have a sound developing program for our young footballers, a long-term plan for our national teams, or are we working to create a football identity for our country?”
“I came from the Nigerian league.” Have we, however, resolved all of the difficulties surrounding our domestic game, from player welfare to a lack of television rights and the instability surrounding local football organization?
“I stated something in the media regarding our over-reliance on Nigerian footballers in the diaspora,” he remarked.
“My argument is that if you continually rely on players created and trained by other countries to play for you, you have failed miserably in your critical duty of grooming future stars.”
“There are greater issues that have plagued the Nigerian game for a long time, and unless we address them, we will be going in circles.”