By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Nigeria failed to progress to the Last Eight of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, not because of lack of quality of the team but due to administrative lapses.
The Nigeria Football Federation played down the seriousness of the bonus row between the players and the NFF four days before the Round of 16 clash against France.
While speaking with the online edition of Daily Mirror, Wenger opined that the squabble over money may have played a part in the exit of the Super Eagles in the World Cup.
“I don’t think it’s purely down to quality. I think it comes down to organisational problems before the World Cup and during the World Cup.
“I think what hurt football fans both in Cameroon and Nigeria – two big footballing nations, was not that their countries did not reach the quarter-finals, it was the fact that both teams had no solidarity and they had problems that were exposed all over the world before the competition and that’s the main reason.
Wenger continued: “Football is difficult enough when you are united but if you are not united at that stage, then you have no chance,” the French man stated.
It has been reported that the Super Eagles players were awake till 2.30 am on the day of the game against France, sharing funds that had been flown in from Nigeria by the Federal Government the previous day.
The Nigeria Football Federation have until Tuesday, 15 July to sort the court case and issues bothering on financial recklessness which FIFA strongly condemned that culminated to the suspension handed to Nigeria from international football.