Lagos – Godwin Izilein, former Super Falcons boss, has emphasised the need to overhaul the Nigerian football system, saying the league is gradually losing its relevance.
Izilein who is the technical director of Edo Queens FC of Benin, in an exclusive chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT recently, reiterated that “Nigerian football is deteriorating to a point that its clubs and national teams may not be able to qualify for major continental and international tournaments.”
According to him, “Let us not deceive ourselves or be deceived by anybody, Nigerian league is dying on installment and there is nothing serious happening to improve the league from any quarter at all. This therefore calls for the need to restructure Nigerian football.
“Nigerian top flight is called ‘professional league,’ that is not correct because what we are playing presently is not what professional football league is all about. Professional football is serious business for the clubs and the players. To achieve true professional football, there must be proper funding.
“Sadly, we have interlopers managing Nigerian league and football in general. The people managing Nigerian football affairs are just there to engage themselves and do the bidding of their masters. They are not there to develop the game; which is the reason the technocrats will never be allowed to come in – technocrats cannot be manipulated by anybody; they know their worth,” he said.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been on unceremonious break even as the current Minister of Sport, Sunday Dare, has boasted the league will start on October 20, there is apprehension it maybe one of those political pronouncements.
Izilein against this backdrop concluded that restructuring of Nigerian football was the only panacea that would put the game in the right perspective to avoid further embarrassment as was witnessed in the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) championship in Senegal.