Brazil 2014: Adokiye Amiesimaka explains why Nigeria is not ready for World Cup

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Former Nigeria international Adokiye Amiesimaka has slammed the Nigeria Football Federation and Super Eagles, insisting they are not ready for the World Cup.
The 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winner who is now a lawyer, said the Nigeria Football Federation’s eggheads are abandoning pressing issues for irrelevant ones which is a pointer that the country will only be going to make up the numbers in South America.

“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 said.

“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.

About the chances of the Super Eagles to do well in the competition where they will face Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina,Amiesimaka candidly stated that it would be a wild goose chase to expect Keshi’s men to get 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,” he concluded.