Nigerian Football; ‘the future is brighter than ‘England’s’
Yes England is the home of football and St George’s park is to be the home of development but Nigeria is already there at that level. Nigeria have won the U17 World Cup Title for a record fourth time and after winning the African Cup of nations last year (the full international edition and not the recent locally based version) Nigeria are ready to take on the world.
Nigeria may not have all the facilities and infrastructure but it certainly has the talent, which is all to often snapped up by greedy smaller European clubs. Sport and more importantly football is ripe for international investment via sports companies, TV rights and agents. To ensure the future progression of the game Manu Garba, who led Nigeria to a record fourth under-17 World Cup title in the UAE last year, has been named as the new coach of their under-20 side.
The technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have also ratified the appointment of former international winger Emmanuel Amuneke as the new under-17 coach.
The Nigerian Football federation have commented that "Manu Garba knows the boys from the under-17s but they are gradually moving to Europe, hence he must look inward [locally] and the NFF will give him all the required support. Amuneke has been transformed from a great player to one of the finest youth coaches in Africa and we believe he deserves his under-17 role as well.