Chairman of NNL side Adamawa United , Emmanuel Zira has revealed the cause of Nigeria’s poor showing at the 2019 FIFA under-20 World Cup in Poland.
Zira has identified poor player selection and the absence of philosophy as the factors for the Flying Eagles’ poor performance at the tournament.
He noted that focus of youth competitions has shifted from grooming for the future to using tournaments as platforms to sell players. This he claims, has resulted in coaches selecting over-aged players at the expense of young ones.
“Coaches go for the best hands and those within the age of the tournament. Youth football is not for the aged.
“In fact, Nigeria did not go with the best set of coaches. The lack of technical depth as well as the wrong players presented caused the very poor performance,’’ he said.
The Flying Eagles exited the tournament after a 2-1 defeat to Senegal in the round of 16.
The team is due to arrive in Nigeria in the coming days for coach Paul Aigbogun to submit a report on the disastrous campaign to the technical committee of the NFF.
However reports abound that he will be relieved of his post when the team lands in the country.