Former caretaker Coach for the Nigeria national team, the Super Eagles, Daniel Amokachi has made a damning accusation against Nigerian coaches especially those handling the youth teams.
In an article published in The Vanguard, Amokachi who currently handles Finish side, JS Hercules claims that youngsters with talent are often made to cough out huge sums to get a chance to play for Nigeria’s youth teams.
“For instance, in Nigerian football today, the youths, when invited to the national team, a coach will ask them to bring N250,000 each to get into the U-17 team when he already has the talent.” Amokachi was quoted as saying.
“If a person has talent, he should be allowed to showcase what he has in the interest of the nation.” he added.
Interestingly, Coach of the Nigeria Golden Eaglets team, Manu Garba was earlier in the year accused of receiving bribes of about N9m but the allegations have since been brushed aside by the Nigeria Football Federation who say the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning coach is not guilty of any wrongdoing.
In another vein, Amokachi who has under his belt experiences coaching in the Nigeria League gave reasons why a ‘small’ team cannot emerge champion in the League
“A small team cannot win the Nigerian league because all the people in Nigerian football are corrupt. If a referee is bribed and a match is won here, the match cannot be won there.” he submitted.