Former NFF Technical Director Gives Solution To Problems Slowing Down Nigeria Football To That Expected Height

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The former Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Bitrus Bewarang has highlighted some hurdles the country’s football must scale through to get to that height expected despite the abundance of talents scattered all over the nooks and crannies of the country.

Speaking to www.ssimedia.com.ng during the flag off of activities for his pet project, Bitrus Bewarang Soccer Agency(BBSA) to lift the round leather game in Nigeria, the former President of Coaches association in Nigeria said:

If we really want to attain that height expected of a blessed country like Nigeria in this most popular sports in the world which is football, issues like age cheat, corruption and unprofessionalism on the part of the administrators and referees and laziness on the part of our coaches, should be avoided, if not, we will still keep on dancing round the same circle and hoping for that greatness that will never come.”

Bewarang, the former General Manager of Plateau United FC of Jos that won the first major trophy for Plateau United as a coach in 1999, beating the then Iwaunyanwu Nationale FC 1-0 to win the Challenge Cup at the National stadium, Surulere, Lagos, making it the last time a team from the state will get to the final without winning it(It would be recalled that teams from the Plateau, including Mighty Jets FC had gotten to the final 12 times before then without winning it), said that the way players reduce their ages just to escape from the decaying system of Nigeria football back at home is alarming:

It saddens me seeing a 21 year old boy saying he’s 15 years old just because they want to leave this polluted football environment back at home here for greener pastures abroad. Coaches are not also helping matters: Gone are those days when we take joy in discovering talents from the grassroots to showcase to the whole world in league matches,but its sad and it beats my imagination how some coaches take delight in recycling old players and tagging it as mature and experienced players. If the young talented ones are not been given opportunity to play at that level, how will they get that experience? Our coaches find it difficult to go to the grassroots,sit and watch grassroots football where these young gifted players can be seen, but instead, recycling players from one elite local club in Nigeria to another.”

He continues: “NFF can be of great assistance here in reducing this age cheats by having Under age competitions in each States or regions of the Federation and by bringing back school football tournament from the Primary school level. Most of our good players are always at their peak of football age of 21-27 at the Under-17 level, hence, fizzle out when expected to perform at the senior level.”

And lastly, Bitrus Bewarang that had handled teams like Kano Pillars, Wikki Tourists, among others, call on referees to be more professional by avoiding the temptation of been bribed by club administrators and even coaches.

The one time assistant coach to Clement Westerhof when the Super Eagles first qualified for the World Cup in 1994 in the US, now runs a soccer agency, called Bitrus Bewarang Soccer Agency(BBSA), told journalists that BBSA is positioned to correct some negativities slowing Nigeria football progression down and giving footballers bright and enviable future in the round leather game.

Bitrus Bewarang commended the Nigeria Football Federation for organizing the Aisha Buhari Cup, of which according to him, ‘saves us from a big and regrettable embarrassment at the bigger stage.” But enjoined them not to make it a one off thing.

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