Former skipper of the National Olympic Team, Azubuike Okechukwu has called on football lovers in Nigeria not to dwell too much on the recent poor results recorded by different age grade teams in the country, urging them to focus more on the brighter picture ahead, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Istanbul Basaksehir of Turkey midfielder was reacting to the Golden Eaglets 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast in their opening match at the ongoing WAFU Cup, stating that results at this level should be more of developmental rather than winning at all costs.
“I think the youth tournament should not be solely focused on winning championships or tournaments, as much as that is important, we need to think more on raw talents and groom them for the future,” Okechukwu reasoned.
Nigeria has had it tough at the age grade level recently with the Golden Eaglets in almost similar position like the U-20 Flying Eagles who also failed to go past the group stages at the U-20 WAFU Cup last month.
The Fatai Amoo-led boys will however have their chance at redemption on Saturday when they take on fierce rivals Ghana as they need an outright win to progress from the 3-team group.