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Oliseh says the future is bleak

09 December 2014, 10:27

Lagos - Former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh believes the outlook for the current national team is 'bleak', and feels the problem starts with the Nigerian Football Federation.

The country's footballing fraternity has been left in tatters this year as in-fighting at the highest level of the NFF has been reflected on the field, with the Super Eagles having failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

And Oliseh, who was part of the Nigerian team who won AFCON 1994, as well as gold at the Olympic Games two years later, insists immediate action needs to be taken if the team are to reach the pinnacle of African football again.

"We have got technical problems and administrative problems - it is too much for one nation, even if you are Nigeria," Oliseh told BBC Sport.

"At the moment it is bleak. We need to face up to the job and get organised."

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The former Ajax and Juventus midfielder went on to stress the importance of maintaining the level of competition in Nigeria's domestic leagues, where the majority of the country's former superstars made their names.

He added: "During the 1990s a lot of the players were products of the Nigerian league. Those who were playing in Europe had only left two or three years before. Myself, I had moved to Europe only four years before the 1994 World Cup.

"It was not as if it was Europe that made us - the Nigerian league produced us; it was so competitive then, it was viable and credible.

"The national team does not create players - you select your best players from your clubs to play in the national team.

"But now our attention is more focused on the national team and we have neglected the domestic league. That is the major problem in Nigerian football.

"If we cannot get the league in order we will never have another golden generation."

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