Former FIFA and CAF instructor Chief Adegboyega Onigbinde has attributed Nigeria’s loss to lack of functional developmental programmes by the nation’s Football federation.
The Eagles lost out 0-1 to the Pharaohs of Egypt in Alexandria.
In a telephone chat with Channels Sports on Channels TV, the former Eagles Coach stated that neither the coach nor players are to blame for what has befallen the nations football emphasising that the administrators have failed to develop the game of football as cited in Article 1 of FIFA statutes (Objectives) which its first Paragraph reads, “To improve the game of football constantly and promote it globally in the light of its unifying, educational, cultural and humanitarian values, particularly through youth and development programmes”.
He noted that until the Nigerian Football Federation addresses the systemic problem, the nation will not move forward.
Nigeria has failed to qualify for the second successive Africa Cup of Nation. However, Onigbinde’s assertion is open to debate.