Former Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Daniel Amokachi has served a possible new theory on why Nigeria missed out on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Amokachi while speaking with FIFA.com suggested that beyond other factors already being widely debated, he feels psychological changes did the Eagles more harm than good in trying to make it to the AFCON 2017 billed for Gabon.
“The players when return to play in Africa on international duty forget to switch [mentally]. It’s something that we kind of struggle with – not only as Nigerians, but as Africans,” Amokachi, who was part of the coaching set up when Nigeria last won the tournament in 2013 told FIFA.com.
He continued: “You play in Europe and everything you get is professional from A-Z and then when you come to Africa, the likes of transportation and accommodation can seem a distraction.
“The players forget to switch to being an African when they come back and that always makes them perform less than what they do at club level. I’m sure that has contributed to Nigeria not making it to back-to-back championships.
“Not qualifying for the tournament is not good enough for a country like Nigeria, but that’s football. It makes you sit up and say: ‘We have a lot of work that needs to be done.
The Super Eagles slipped to a defeat against Egypt in the preliminaries, who claimed the qualifying group’s only place at Gabon, meaning the heavyweights will miss back-to-back continental championships.