Nigerian league’s quality has dropped – Babangida
Ex- Super Eagles winger, Tijani Babangida, has said that the quality of Nigeria’s domestic league has dropped over the years hence, the reason why it is difficult to churn out world-class players from the nation’s topflight.
The player whose popularity soared with the national team in the late 1990s and especially at AFCON 2000, co-hosted by the country and Ghana, where he netted two goals in quick succession against South Africa is of the opinion that if our league is up to global standards, the Super Eagles manager, Gernot rohr, would have a blend of foreignbased and local talents in his squad.
Babangida says, “I think the players in the NPFL will have to convince rohr for their inclusion in the Super Eagles.
“I think some of the best players in the local league have not proved their worth to merit an invite to the
senior national side.
“Rohr is the man in charge. He is the one who’s got to manage the situation effectively.
“Though, we have to look at our league in order to encourage our players by including some of them who are performing optimally for more exposure.”
On his playing days with the Super Eagles, the former Ajax winger said that every generation of players in the nation’s national team were unique in their own way.
He says, “Every generation is unique. We did our own thing. The present crop of players are also doing theirs today. It’s a generational thing.
“There was a time when people were talking about the Eagles of 1980s. By the 1990s, they were talking about our set of Eagles.
“Life today is different from our time. The people of the 1990s enjoyed their football.
“People of today are enjoying their own football too.”
On Nigeria’s football engagement in 2020, he said once the coach and players are given the necessary support and logistics, nothing stops our teams from giving their best.
“Once NFF gives the teams all they require, then the players and coaches will deliver.”