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2014 World Cup: Nigeria is not yet ready, says Amiesimaka


Former Nigeria international Adokiye Amiesimaka, has admitted that the Super Eagles are not ready for the 2014 World Cup.

Amiesimaka, who won the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations, said the Nigeria Football Federation’s top officials have abandoned relevant issues and are dealing with unimportant matters, which will only make the country another statistic in Brazil this summer.

“I have said it over and over again that we are not ready for the 2014 World Cup. Everyone is talking about the provisional list, no one seems to be asking, ‘what of the technical crew?’,” Amiesimaka told Goal.

“It is like wanting to buy the best car but no one to drive the car, then of what use is it? Keshi said he needs an assistant which the NFF has refused.

“Why are Nigerians not talking about that? As far as I am concerned our technical crew is not complete,” he added.

“That is the area we should focus on and not just debating on players that should make the World Cup list which the coach does not want.

“This shows we are going to Brazil for another jamboree. It means we are not firing on all cylinders because how do we explain not going to World Cup without our full technical capability. The chief coach is good enough which he has proved but the NFF are not ready to give him the assistant he wants.”

Nigeria are in Group F along with Iran, Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina, but Amiesimaka cannot see the Eagles progressing past the preliminary round.

“This is a country where everyone expects a miracle and not working towards achieving results. We sit back and say God is on our side – it is absolute nonsense. If not, why do we keep talking about second round and quarter finals?

“We have won the age grade competitions so many times yet we find it very hard to get to the semi final of the Fifa World Cup or is there any country that has won any age grade competition without winning the World Cup or at least getting to the last four?

“I am saying if we are serious about winning the U17 World Cup, then we should be talking about winning the senior World Cup, if we can’t then we are fooling ourselves.

“With the present crop of Super Eagles we have now, we are going to be lucky to beat Bosnia and Iran not to talk about qualifying for the next round.”

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