Taribo blames Eagles’ failure on ‘maltreatment’ of Keshi, Oliseh

Super Eagles’ Stanley Amuzie (left) tries to stop Egypt’s Mohamed Salah during their African Cup of Nations Group G match at the Borg el-Arab Stadium in Alexandria… on Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP

Super Eagles’ Stanley Amuzie (left) tries to stop Egypt’s Mohamed Salah during their African Cup of Nations Group G match at the Borg el-Arab Stadium in Alexandria… on Tuesday. PHOTO: AFP

• Nigerians should take it in good faith, says Izelien

Former Super Eagles defender, Pastor Taribo West, has accused those running the nation’s football of being only interested in what they get from the game and not how the game would grow.

For the second time in a row, the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the African Nations Cup, following their 0-1 loss to the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday.

Sadly, the team was handled by Coach Samson Siasia, who also in 2012, failed to qualify Nigeria for the championship co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Taribo told The Guardian yesterday that those managing Nigerian football have no clear agenda and vision on how to take the game to a higher level.

“We are reaping the fruits of bad administrators we have as leaders of our football,” Taribo told The Guardian. “These people have no agenda and no good vision on how top manage our football. What they are really after is whatever that will come out from every game for them to take to their bank accounts. They don’t want to see some of us who are professionals around them. They preach politics in whatever they do, which is not supposed to be.

“Like many other Nigerians, I feel so bad that the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the 2017 edition of the Nations Cup. Sincerely speaking, I want to put the blame at the doorsteps of those who are frustrating our football system. It affected coach Stephen Keshi though he managed to cope with them. They also frustrated Oliseh out of the system. In the case of Oliseh, he did not have that patience to cope with them. He had to resign. Until we have professionals running our football, this problem will always remain,” Taribo said.

The ex-Inter Milan defender, however, showered praises on some of the players for their individual efforts, both in the first leg in Kaduna and the return leg in Egypt.

Meanwhile, Taribo says he has dumped his earlier plan of running for the governorship position in Rivers State. He said, “I’m no longer interested in politics. What occupies my mind now is the work of God.”

On his part, former national U-17 team coach, Godwin Izilien, has urged Nigerians to take the Eagles’ failure to qualify for Gabon 2017 in good faith.



8 Comments
  • Natiive Son

    Nigeria, Ghana.

    Africa relies on West Africa and a little bit of the North for football.

    I am a Kenyan by the way.

    It seems that Even qualifying for AFCON is a major problem for you.

    In Africa, there are two countries that hold her dignity and her pride year in year out.

    ETHIOPIA and KENYA.

    Whenever we go for duty, international duty, we do it SO WELL that the entire world notices.

    Am i blowing my own trumpet? YES!

    Am I bragging? YES!

    Of course we are great!

    when I say ‘we’, I am talking about the two East African Nations.

    We always STAND UP FOR AFRICA!

    I think it is time WEST AFRICAN nations STOOD UP FOR AFRICA!

    Native Son, Rift Valley, KENYA.

    • loveontopover

      Hahaha, what a bizarre way to seek melancholic relief?

      • Natiive Son

        Brother,
        I am NOT sad. I have no idea why or what makes you say that.
        i was just stating a fact and by so doing it doesnt make me feel good at all.

        We stand up for Africa (Ethiopia and Kenya) ALL the time, EVERY time.

        You guys (West Africa and even North Africa) need to STEP UPA for Africa.

        We rely on you

        Come on guys.

        Go to the world cup, do something great and make us proud.

        THAT IS MY CHALLENGE TO YOU.

        Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia , Egypt e.t.c.

        Just do something.

        To borrow the Nike slogan, JUST DO IT!

        Native Son, Rift Valley, Kenya.

        • loveontopover

          Ok, may God bless your day! I thought that you are bashing Nigeria. We have carried the burdens of Africa with broad smile on our face. Yet no-one has shown any sign of gratefulness. Look, we helped liberate South Africa, paid salaries of Zimbabwean workers when they got independence, put our soldiers’ lives on the line in Liberia and Sierra Leone to save them. What do we get, only insults. In the Gambia Nigeria supplies them Judges and other highly-qualified staff to man their ministries for efficiency. What do we get in return, insults. Ethiopia is running their university school system with the help of Nigerian lecturers. Just name a few!

          • Natiive Son

            That is great. It is called Pan Africanism.
            I still remember how most of Africa came together pushing for the independence of South Africa.

            As.soon as tbey became independent, we (Kenya) supplied them with Doctors, lawyers, teachers e.t.c.

            We have many teachers too teaching in Rwanda.

            When one of us succeeds, we feel great.

            Abedi Pele, George Weah, Roger Miller, Kalusha Bwalya, JJ Okocha, Maria Mutola, Frankie Fredericks, Hicham El Guerrouj, Haile Gebrsellasie, Mamo Wolde, Kipchoge Keino, Paul Tergat, Nwankwo Kanu, Catherine “the great” Ndereba e.t.c are great sons and daughters of Africa. Of course there are many more that I cant name.

            We have it.

          • Natiive Son

            By the way, we wouldn’t mind a coach from Nigeria.

            We need to take our football a notch higher.

    • Izonebi

      We know where you thrive, but on the football pitch you are minnows.

  • Natiive Son

    Nigeria, Ghana.

    Africa relies on West Africa and a little bit of the North for football.

    I am a Kenyan by the way.

    It seems that Even qualifying for AFCON is a major problem for you.

    In Africa, there are two countries that hold her dignity and her pride year in year out.

    ETHIOPIA and KENYA.

    Whenever we go for duty, international duty, we do it SO WELL that the entire world notices.

    Am i blowing my own trumpet? YES!

    Am I bragging? YES!

    Of course we are great!

    when I say ‘we’, I am talking about the two East African Nations.

    We always STAND UP FOR AFRICA!

    I think it is time WEST AFRICAN nations STOOD UP FOR AFRICA!

    Native Son, Rift Valley, KENYA.

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