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Emmanuel Babayaro Urges The NFF To Investigate Flying Eagles World Cup Exit

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been urged to conduct a proper investigation into the exit of the country's national U-20 team from the ongoing Fifa World Cup in Poland.

Paul Aigbogun and his team are expected back in the country this week after their disappointing games at the World Stage.

Nigeria crashed out of the tournament after suffering a 2-1 loss against West African neighbors, Senegal, in the round of 16 on Monday.

While in the competition, the Flying Eagles picked up an impressive win 4-0 against Qatar in their opening game before suffering an unexpected 2-0 defeat against the United States.

They, however, managed to qualify for the knockout stages as one of the best losers after securing a 1-1 draw against eventual group winners, Ukraine.

It is this sequence of poor performances and ultimately, results that have prompted former International, Emmanuel Babayaro to call on the country's football governing body to launch an investigation into the team.

“From the beginning, their performance has been poor. Our exit was expected, it was long-coming,” Babayaro told Goal while assessing the team.

“Look at how we qualified in the first instance, apart from the very first game we won and we won against a very poor side, we never beat any other team.

“The technical team are not up to speed technically. It baffled me that we will be going for a World Cup without our best legs, it is a shame.

“If we play well with the youngsters and we are eliminated in the group stage it’s cool, it is developmental. We need to go for the right lads for our own future.

“The NFF should do the needful. Do your proper investigation into what happened with the Flying Eagles. How can we be taking mediocre players to the competition like the World Cup and then dropping the best players?

Emmanuel Babayaro Urges The NFF To Investigate Flying Eagles World Cup Exit

“I think the team should be investigated and if the coaches are found wanting they should be sanctioned to serve as a lesson to others.

“They are killing our future, the purpose of the tournament is to create room for the young kids who will graduate to U23 and then to the Super Eagles.

“Our coaches need orientation, they should select the behavior NFF should not put the coaches under pressure, pay them well when due, that way if you find them trying to involve in any illicit behavior as regards team selection then it is easy to deal with them because you have given them everything to work.

“What stops us from taking the right players to the tournament? The coaches need to be orientated that they should not use their selfish interest to bring the nation down.”

“What stops us from taking the right players to the tournament? The coaches need to be orientated that they should not use their selfish interest to bring the nation down.”

Emmanuel Babayaro and his brother, Celestine, were part of the Nigeria 1996 Olympic gold medal-winning team.