The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has come under heavy attack from football loving Nigerians following the exit of the Golden Eaglets from the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil at the round of 16.
The fans are demanding immediate resignation of the team’s head coach, Manu Garba, saying that he failed to use the players that defeated Hungary and Ecuador respectively in the opening two matches for Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to the Netherlands.
The pre-tournament favourites and group B winners, Nigeria struggled against Netherland who qualified as best losers in group D, winning one and lost two matches before staging a round of 16 fixture against Nigeria at the Stadio Olimpico in Goiania.
The European opened the scoreline in the 3rd minutes from Ajax FC forward, Sontje Hansen, as Olakunle Olusegun restore parity nine minutes later.
In 15th minutes, Hansen put the Netherlands ahead and later completed his hat trick from the spot-kick ten minutes to the end of the match to dump Nigeria out of the competition.
Nigerians, while reacting through various social media platforms, blamed the NFF and the technical crew led by Manu Garba for the country’s failure to reach to the final of the
world cup, describing the team as the worse U-17 side that ever represented the country.
According to a tweet by @seetoptendotcom,” This team is a clear indication that coaching is very imperative in football. If Manu Garba honestly assembled these kids himself, then
he should be relieved of his duty. The players are so foolish running after individual successes. ‘Worst U-17 ever.’
@offdonwise tweeted “I think politics played out in their selection and am happy we paid the price. We don’t do a quota system in player selection; we should only go with the best. When I saw their names, I knew politics played out. Nigeria is her problem”.
@TheDonTheDon12 tweeted “Honestly to be fair, they’ve only been scraping through to get here. So, it’s not shocking they’re out. The most useless U-17 team so far. This summer’s U-20 team were an absolute joke as well. Garba need to go now. He’s overstayed. NFF should give someone else a chance”.
Andy Oluwayemi Yemschlovikich wrote on facebook “what went wrong is from the selections, adding politics to selection will jeopardize the performance by not selecting the right players. Nigeria will continue to crash out like sosiliso if the right boys are not paraded”
Ngbea Hangeior wrote on facebook “The NFF has successfully turned blind eyes to underage development, which way NFF”?
It would be noted that Nigeria is the most successful team in the history of the event with five wins (in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015) and three runners-up medals.