The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have assured Nigerians and football stakeholders that 2020 will see an improvement in the performances of the national teams.
NFF Secretary-General, Muhammed Sanusi made this known at a media parley in Abuja to highlight the performances of the various national teams in the outgoing year (2019).
He stated that the poor performance of some of the national teams this year have sparked a movement that would bring a great change in the country’s fortunes.
Super Falcons, Flying Eagles, Golden Eaglets, Olympic Eagles and home-based Eagles all had disappointing campaigns in the competitions they entered for.
The only positive from a disappointing year for Nigeria’s football is the Super Eagles after they won bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Sanusi, who rated the Super Eagles as the only performing team in 2019, admitted that the inability of the Super Falcons and the U-23 men’s team’s to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were major blows to the NFF efforts.
“Looking at the performance of Nigerian national teams in international engagements this year, I believe their performance was not top-notch as people expected.
“Apart from the Super Eagles, who won the bronze medal at the Egypt 2019 Nations Cup, the Super Falcons, the U-17, U-20, U-23, and home-based Eagles did not excel in their campaigns.
“This did not go down well with the NFF. But the federation has started working to revamp the standard of football in the country.“Our vision is to get the required and experienced coaches to handle our national teams.
He also disclosed that the Nigeria Football Federation is making frantic efforts to ensure that they extend Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr’s contract.
“Although Rohr has been doing well with the Super Eagles, the NFF’s technical committee will still review his performance and also give him guidelines to follow in his new contract.
“With this and other moves on the pipeline, Nigerians will see a change in football development in the country,” he said.