Nigerian Players Are The Problem Of The Country’s Great Attainment At The Senior Level – Johnson Oma Obrunu


The owner of All Nations Sports Academy in the United Arab Emirates(UAE), Johnson Oma Obrunu, has said the backwardness Nigeria senior teams are currently experiencing at the senior continental and International levels should be dumped at the doorsteps of the players themselves!

Speaking to when the Nigerian born football tactician was made the Guest of Honour when the Thumbay Hospital in the UAE launched sports medicine arm, aside other awards in recognition of his excellent contributions to football development in Dubai via his Academy when young boys are trained to football stardom, said: “Am sometimes ashamed and sad when players leave Nigeria in droves to come play professional football abroad in the name of greener pastures, but can’t perfect his apprenticeship in a profession they’ve taken as a life career!
Imagine a player will spend more than a million naira to come play football abroad without learning first the basics of football! Some of them can’t even control, neither can they even kick the ball properly, but they believe they can play professional football abroad ahead of the locals they come to drag jerseys with. And am talking about the locals here that are so perfect in the basics of the game.”

Oma Obrunu, who played professional football in Nigeria with the likes of Delta Stars FC and NEPA of Lagos in the early 1990s, before moving abroad to play for Al Arabi Umm Quwin, UAE in the year 2000, believes that Nigeria can translate their performance at the cadet level to the senior level if the players are patient to be properly groomed at home.

Before I moved abroad in the year 2000, I played at the grassroots, from there I moved to the amateur league, second division and then the premier division. I moved when I know within myself that am ripe for any challenge. But nowadays, every Nigerian is a player and without even good at what you do you want to move abroad and fight for jersey with Messi and Ronaldo.”

The award winning Coach Johnson Oma Obrunu continues: “I won’t blame the Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr, for going outside Nigeria to bring in players of Nigeria descent to play for the senior team because the home boys are not ready to work.”

In conclusion, Coach Johnson Obrunu also call on his colleagues to go more professional.
In his words “I find it very funny that coaches that handle professional clubsides in Nigeria don’t give young promising talents to show what they’ve got at the elite club level, but instead going about recycling old players in the name of experience at the expense of these young players. But the question remains that if these good young players are not given the opportunity to express themselves at that big level,how will they get the experience?”

The Dubai based All Nations Sports Academy, with parents bringing their children from Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, has produced and it’s still producing alot of great players.
The son of former Arsenal great, France International,Samir Nasri, has his 4year old son, Abel Nasri in the Nigerian owned football Academy.

He also told that any parent(s) in any part of the world, his own home country, Nigeria, included that want their child or children from ages 4 to 17 in this world class football Academy to visit:



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