Former Nigeria international Sam Sodje has stated that Nigerians are so into the English Premie...
Former Nigeria international Sam Sodje has stated that Nigerians are so into the English Premier League (EPL) and that is killing Nigeria football.
He said the obsession with the EPL has made Nigerians believe players who do not feature in the Premier League are not good enough.
The Premier League is the most popular league on the streets in football-mad Nigeria with the local media also lavishing a lot of space and airtime on it even to the detriment of the Nigeria league.
"We Nigerians are so obsessed with the EPL that we believe if a player is not in EPL, he is not a top or good player and that's killing our football,” Sodje told AfricanFootball.com
The former Portsmouth defender further insisted that Nigeria is not short of quality players and talent to excel internationally.
"I won't agree to the notion that Nigeria lacks quality players. We have abundant talents and quality players, but we lack giving these talents the opportunity to show case what they have.
“What I mean by this is people are saying Nigeria lack quality players on the basis of those who have made their way up there, but we have talent in Nigeria and with the right programme and system we can discover them.
“It has been done before and it is still very possible to do again!”
Errr do you agree with him?