RUDE WELCOME FOR GUSAU
Updated: Oct 17, 2022
After the 6-0 wallop of league champions, Rivers United, by Wydad Casablanca of Morocco, completing a horrible weekend for Nigeria in CAF club competitions, the new NFF board must without being told know the first step to take in its avowed assurance to take the game out of the woods.
The board has to deliberately begin to behave as the opposite of its predecessor by facing the fact of the endemic malaise our local football has become.
The Pinnick board made no pretence about its morbid ambitions around the Super Eagles. And even with the attention it gave the team, it was an underachieving eight years run we had.
More tragically, the country's football ecosystem was incapacitated in a way that the league system went into a coma of play, of organisation and of administration.
Nigeria slipped more to the backwaters of African clubside football under Pinnick.
Now before the eyes of the new board, led by Ibrahim Gusau, four clubs in a space of two months, failed at the highest competitive level of events which, ordinarily, should have been our fortress, if the nation's stupendous football talents and resources had been galvanised rightly in the last eight years.
Mark it, the blames are entirely not Pinnick board's, but it only failed to do the necessity about an inherited problem of preceeding years.
A nation's International football should be a product of its domestic space. In our case, it's been a reverse.
Gusau's tenure would be a no difference if it can't face this and begin to reverse things.
Not that change isn't likely to be seen in five years because of the depth of the rot, but as long as genuine efforts are obvious, he would begin to get applause.
And even after his tenure, nothing vastly significant could be measured in terms of closing up with North African clubside football results, history would remember him as a man who genuinely began a revolution of the Nigerian game.
For Nigeria football to fly again, it must develop its own education curriculum that permeates the schools, the academies and the streets.
Our attachment to European football education, in which we have not been able to outdo the Europeans for decades, should be a wake up call for all.
At both global and continental stages, turning deaf ears to the necessity of developing the nuances of our own football culture is a passport to being a perpetual underachieving nation in the game.