Home based Super Eagles led by ex-international, Daniel Amokachi last weekend failed to qualify for the second African Nations Championship slated for Sudan for the second time.
This followed the team’s goalless draw against the Mena of Niger at the Sanni Abacha Stadium, in Kano.
The Eagles needed to score three unreplied goals against Niger to qualify for the tournament afte losing the first leg encounter in Niamey 2:0.
Chibuzor Okoronkwo, had a golden opportunity of at least ensuring that Nigeria scored a goal, via the penalty spot but he missed it.
Not even the six minutes added time could make any difference, as the resolute visitors ensured their defence and goal were not breached.
It would be recalled that prior to Angola 2010 Nations Cup, erstwhile Super Eagles Coach Amodu Shaibu stated categorically that no home based player would make his squad, because they were not good enough. This statement raised dust from different quarters.
While, it seems Shaibu Amodu has been vindicated by the home based Eagles, fans are divided in their opinions concerning the statement accredited to former Eagles’ coach.
Wobo said, Nigeria has the potentials and quality players in the local league that can rule not only Africa, but the world. He went further to say that Heartland FC of Owerri reached last season CAF champion league. Kano Pillars and Bayelsa United both reached the semi-finals of CAF champions league and Confederation Cup respectively.
And about 90% of players in these clubs that achieved these facts are Nigerians that ply their trade in our league.
He believes that the Home based Eagles failed to qualify because they were hurriedly put together. There was no time for early preparation and blending of the players.
In his reaction, Onyekachi, a football fan, should accept the fact that our league is poorly organized, thus given rise to poor players. According to him, twice we have failed to qualify for the same tournament. It simply means that our home-based players are not good enough, he stated.
“I don’t even watch Nigerian League, because of the high rate of insecurity at the stadium, no live telecast of the matches etc. How would I know if we have the potentials or not? He queried.
However, some fans expressed utter disappointment over the outcome of theCHAN qualifier when they said, they were highly disappointed that a country whose league is rated as the best in Africa could not qualify for a tournament meant for players in African League.