Dr. Rafiu Ladipo with Supporters Club Members during a national team match

By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria

President General, PG, Worldwide of Nigeria Football and other Sports Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo has said that the young players currently playing for Super Eagles of Nigeria should be 00encouraged to grow and become great players for the team.

“The Super Eagles can now boast of some young players and they are doing well in their various clubs. I think we should encourage them. Back at home here, we should start to discover players that we will support and nurture to become great in the future. If Rohr is to discover new talents in the Nigerian league, he will need the help of other coaches as he can’t be moving around to watch all games at different match venues. It is not possible. He has to work with some coaches that will go to all those match venues in order to discover new talents for the future that can be nurtured to be part of the Super Eagles. I think that will work.” He said during a televised interview.

Dr. Ladipo also said that searching for players of Nigeria descents from the nooks and crannies of the world is showing out win at all cost syndrome as well as lack of belief in homegrown talents.
“All this begging and going around to look for players is because of our determination and winning at all cost syndrome. It means that we don’t believe in ourselves. We have to just come back home here to rediscover several players. When we discover players who are good with the potentials of being great players tomorrow like Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Kanu Nwankwo, we will be back to our glory days in football. We need to look inward. It is very important. We must get players here. We have a lot of them who are talented.” He said.

It should be noted that Super Eagles couldn’t capitalize on winning the 1994 African Cup of Nations, AFCON, and the 1996 Olympic Gold medal by failing to replicate such feat at the USA 1994 and France 1998 World Cups where the team crashed out of both competitions at the Round of 16. The same fate was experienced after winning 2013 AFCON and also failing to go far at 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.

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