Thursday, February 21, 2008

Where Do Nigeria Go Now?

While I struggle with the direction of my blog, I'll keep doing what I've always done: try to generate some debate.

So yesterday, Nigeria lost their head coach Berti Vogts. Now some may say this isn't such a bad thing, considering their lackluster, disappointing display in the African Cup of Nations.

But it's sort of sad too, no? The experiment just didn't work out.

"Too much happened during and after the African Cup. Most of all I don't have any faith in the president of the Nigerian federation anymore," Vogts said.

"Working together is no longer possible."

The 61-year-old Vogts, whose biggest triumph was leading Germany to the 1996 European Championship title, did not elaborate on his differences with Nigerian Football Association president Sanni Lulu.

"Working with the players was a lot of fun for me,"Vogts said.

"It gave me back my joy in football."

So where does Nigeria go now?

There's talk that former Nigeria striker Daniel Amokachi or former Nigerian midfielder Sunday Oliseh may take the job.

The hot rumor has former Togo coach and Nigeria captain Stephen Keshi taking up Vogt's spot.

Time will tell.

Whomever is chosen has a tough job at hand.

Nigeria is a country full of footballing talent. Various theories exists as to why the Super Eagles can't get their act together.

From a lack of tactical guile in big tournaments to a locker room full of egotistical big-name stars, what's obvious is that Nigeria have talent and haven't lived up to their potential.

Hopefully this can change soon. The 2010 World Cup is right around the corner.


tippo said...

I think Nigeria need to get their act together now or else they will miss the 2010 World Cup. They have got many good players but lets remember that other teams have also improved like the likes of Angola and Mali whilst Nigeria hasn't moved.

Cesar said...

Tippo, I agree with you.

Depending on who they hire as coach, they need to solidify their base and get players hungry to play with the Super Eagles shirt. They looked so lackadaisical at the ACN ...

Chxta said...

Where do I begin?