Ex- Super Eagles coordinator, Emmanuel Attah, has depicted the choice of the current trend Super Eagles’ players dumbing European clubs to ply their professional football career in China as a terrible sign for the improvement of the National team.
Attah made this known on Wednesday in Osogbo, while he was included as an exceptional guest of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Osun Chapter’s Monthly Stakeholders Forum.
The ex-footballer and a one-time Chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Football Association, state that:
“just old footballers whose career have entered retirement circle play in such league as China.”
“There are certain countries that are always called retirement countries for footballers. When players want to retire from football, they go there and get their retirement benefit and return home to settle and enjoy it.
“China is one of the Asian countries players go to for their retirement benefit, and it is not good to see our young players in their active career stage go to China to play football.
“For the development of our football and to maintain the standard we want to see in the Super Eagles, our players must be discouraged from going to China to play,” he stated
“We can’t compare Nigerian league with Chinese league. Nigerian league standard is higher than that of China, the only difference is funding because the Chinese league is well funded”.
However, Attah praised the Nigeria League Management Company(LMC) for enhancing the standard of the Nigerian League and included that if the NFF ought to reevaluate the program for the Indigenous players, we could have 100 percent NPFL players in the national teams.
“In 2013, when we played Liberia in Calabar for the Africa Nations’ Cup last match qualifier, the team was made up 70 percent home-based players.
“What late coach Steven Keshi did was, he was patient and took his time to groom and develop home base players, from the local League, and his team went on to win the 2013 Africa Nations’ Cup.”