Inadequate preparation bane of Nigeria’s football – Cyprus coach
By Femi Atolagbe
Nigerian born Cyprus UEFA licence A and B coach, Sunny Kingsley has described Nigeria as a football nation with big players but lacked adequate preparations.
Kingsley, who stated this during an exclusive interview with the Sporting Hope in Akure said Nigeria’s preparations towards competitions didn’t measure up.
He added further that Nigeria is a football nation with quality players, but failed to understand that development happens in football everyday .
According to him, the so called small countries adequately prepare for competitions which is why a debutant in AFCON defeated Eagles with two unreplied goals.
The AEK Larnaca coach, said it was not a mistake that Madagascar defeated Nigeria and top the group B table, it was planned for.
“Why other countries have been building their teams four to five years before any major competition and make sure the teams are together, Nigeria are changing players year in year out, that is why our chemistry as a team isn’t as good as it should be compared with the quality of players we have”.
He therefore advised the handlers of the national teams to wake up to the current trend in football management, they should start to prepare their team earlier before any competition.
They should stop underrating their opponents in any competition because there is no minnows in football again.
He added that all the teams in the competition still have the chance of progressing to the finals, adding that predictions are done not for the realistic part of the game.
“It’s possible to predict because of the statistics but the reality of it is that until after the game before anyone can know the winner.
Who knows maybe Nigeria can get to the last four of the competition. Every game is different, in football until you finish the game that is when you can get the result”.