The Minister of Youths and Sports Sunday Dare has called for a review of Nigeria football following the Golden Eaglets crash at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Concise News had reported that Nigeria, winners of Group B at the cadet competition, were mauled 3-1 by the Netherlands who emerged as one of the best losers in the tournament.
Speaking after the tie, an unimpressed Dare lamented the team’s crash in Brazil, calling on football administrators in the country to do better.
According to him, issues such as the payment of salaries and allowances should be given priority by football administrators in Nigeria.
“Nigeria’s performance at the Under -17 World Cup calls for a review,” he tweeted on his official handle.
“Indeed, our football administration at all levels calls for a review. We must exact greater responsibility from those charged with our football administration. Timely payment of salaries and allowances vital.”
Nigeria’s performance at the Under -17 World Cup calls for a review. Indeed, our football administration at all levels calls for a review. We must exact greater responsibility from those charged with our football administration. Timely payment of salaries and allowances vital.
— Sunday Dare (@SundayDareSD) November 6, 2019
Coach Asked To ‘Step Aside’
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have sacked Golden Eaglets coach Manu Garba following the team’s elimination from the competition in Brazil.
“Usually, you go to tournaments with target and the one we gave the technical crew is to at least reach the quarter-final of the tournament, which is fair enough considering the way they prepared for the tournament,” NFF 2nd vice president Shehu Dikko told Opera News.
“In the history of Nigeria U-17, no team has enjoyed this type of preparations. For failing to reach the target given to them, their position will be reviewed immediately and it starts from asking them to submit their technical report and step down from their role for us to review and get back to them”
Garba was part of the Eaglets coaching crew that won the age-grade tournament in 2013 and was criticized for not fielding the players that defeated Hungary and Ecuador in the team’s opening two matches against the Netherlands.