Many things are wrong with Nigerian football says the Super Eagles legend.Gone were the days when the mention of the Nigerian Super Eagles put fears into potential opponents. Nowadays, the Nigerian national team is commonly referred to by admirers and detractors as the Super Chickens.
Austin Okocha, former captain of the team has claimed that the team is now overrated and no longer living up to expectations because of the myriad of problems facing Nigerian football administration.
“Everything is wrong, right from the players, coaches and the management. And the fans expect too much,” said Okocha as guest television channel SuperSport.
“The best way forward is for Nigerians to accept that we are no longer one of the giants in African football as we have lost the dominance. We must also accept the fact that Nigeria does not possess the kind of talents we used to have and we must go back and get our football administration right.”
“Our players are overrated. When you look at the way they play for their various clubs, I don’t think we have up to five players who are regulars at their clubs,” Okocha said.
The 37 year-old former Bolton and PSG legend scored 14 goals in 75 Nigeria appearances and was voted the BBC’s best African footballer in 2003 and 2004. He was also listed in the FIFA 100 list of great players authored by Pele in 2004.