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