Owoblow: Super Eagles Need Five-Year Programme To Succeed

Owoblow: Super Eagles Need Five-Year Programme To Succeed
Owoblow: Super Eagles Need Five-Year Programme To Succeed

Former Nigeria star, Felix ‘Owoblow’ Owolabi, believes it will take a number of years to get the Super Eagles competing at a good level on the global stage.

He however feels the team did their best at the 2018 World Cup in Russia where they failed to progress beyond the group stage.
“Before you can get to the peak stage of The World Cup, the team must have to stay together for at least five years. It’s a global fiesta that every  team must be fully prepared for. Your local league must also be efficient, going well and have a solid structure.
“Unfortunately In Nigeria, we don’t have all this things; we always believe that within a short period, when you organize and bring a few players together they must give you good results, which is not so. Everything is a gradual process.”
Owolabi, who is still one of the best left-sided players in Nigeria’s history, rued how the Super Eagles blew their big chance to make progress in Russia. A draw would have seen the team into the round of 16 but the defeat meant Argentina advanced instead.
  “I think they gave Argentina team too much respect, and Argentina capitalized on that. Our players fell into their hands and that was how Messi got the first goal,” the Shooting Stars Sports Club legend added.
   “We had two advantages: if we won the match we would qualify and if we drew we would still qualify, but we contrived to throw it away. Anyway, I still feel they gave a good fight.”