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Onigbinde Blames NFF For Abraham’s Nigeria Switch Saga

Onigbinde Blames NFF For Abraham’s Nigeria Switch Saga

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Former Super Eagles coach Adegboye Onigbinde has blamed the Nigeria Football Federation for the publicity mess of the international allegiance negotiation with Swansea loanee forward, Tammy Abraham, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

A picture of the Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick with the Swansea loanee from Chelsea went viral on Thursday prompting football personalities to express their opinions on the development.

Tammy Abraham put out a statement hinting he is still available for international football in the colours of England following efforts by the Nigeria Football Federation to have him switch allegiance to Nigeria

“Yes, we should beg them since there is no meaningful, functional developmental programme at home in Nigeria. It’s the football Federation’s fault here,” Onigbinde said furiously during an exclusive chat with Completesportsnigeria.com on Friday morning.

“If we have had functional development programme, no player would be in position to take Nigeria to ransom. Ideally, the nucleus of the national team should be home-based.That is what I have always said, but nobody seems to be interested in taking that piece of advise.

“Why won’t the young man make the statement on social media. I do not really blame him. What happens to the many talents in the Nigerian league back home. There are good players of Nigerian descent abroad quite alright but it seems they are practically begged to represent Nigeria now.

“South Africa came to beat us on our ground with nine home-based players in their lineup, and we got the result we deserved with our foreign based players,” the football technocrat concluded.

The Super Eagles squad list for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo is expected to be released next week.

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  • Tgrace 4 years ago

    Oga what as being ur impact in this area u talking about? How many academy you get in ur home town?

  • This man is talking nonsense . how many do you bring in during ur time. He is one of this idiots that draws our super eagles back.he have nothing to advise our federation for God sake.

  • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

    The man said South Africa defeated us with nine home based players. Ask him how South Africa is doing at the World Cup qualifiers with these so called home based players.
    Ask Taribo West about his opinion of Chief Onigbinde when he coached the Super Eagles at the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan.

  • Cherechi 4 years ago

    Its high time Nigeria stopped this nonsense of begging players to come and play for the country. We have talents scattered everywhere,why must we keep on insulting ourselves? Enough of this nonsense.

  • Oloyede Thomas 4 years ago

    I think foot ball mentality should note be rigid to any of the “racial talent” either Nigeria home or away players.This kind of co-mix experience which I hope is one of the reasons why Abraham is been sought for. Having this achieve will give a better fertile looking. I will not subscribe to the opinion of sticking to home base players only. 90% of developing and pairing knowledge with the home base can be achieve through effective interactions with the experienced one. It is truly that Nigeria is talented with flood of talents but they need to be refined. We can not negotiate this fact.