Former Nigeria International, Ifeanyi Udeze has blamed the NFF for the difficulties inherent in players from age grade teams to the Super Eagles.
Udeze, who represented Nigeria at the UEFA-CAF Meridian Cup in 1997 – a competition for players under 18 – went on to play for the Super Eagles, but argues that many potentials don’t manage to make it through.
Speaking on Brila FM’s Sports Machine on Wednesday, he compared the process in Europe and identified the lack of a proper football policy in Nigeria’s case.
‘It has to do with the people at the top; in the NFF. In Europe they like to help players transit from the age grade teams. They build from the scratch and I think we can emulate.
‘After the Meridian Cup, It was just me, Rabiu Afolabi and Joseph Enakarhire who played for any stretch of time in the Super Eagles, that’s in spite of the quality we had in the team; players like Muyiwa Lawal, who was a great dribbler, he could dribble a spirit. Esosa Patrick, Bright Igbinadolor and Ashiru Garuba.
‘In honesty, injuries and a different career path sometimes may affect a player’s transition, but, a lot rests on the FA’s table,’ Udeze opined.