Abuja - Taribo West, a former Super Eagles stalwart, on Monday cautioned Nigerians not to over celebrate the exploits of the Golden Eaglets at the just-concluded U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
He, however, congratulated the team for their remarkable exploits in the global youth football fiesta.
West told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka that there was need to build a virile structure from which the country’s youth football development could move to the next level.
The former Julius Berger FC of Lagos and Rangers International FC of Enugu defender, stressed that if such a step was not taken, the country would miss out on the derivable benefits.
"I'm glad that we won the trophy, they played well, but we don't have to be carried away with the victory.
"We need a solid administrative structure in order to sustain the success, because for now, it may give us some ranking, but the problems will remain if the structure is not in place.
"There should be a way of making the various age group teams to progress and give us the national team of our dream.
"Anything short of what I have just suggested will in a way slow down the expected growth of football in the country,’’ he said.
NAN reports that it would be the fourth time that the Golden Eaglets would be winning the FIFA U-17 trophy, having done so in the maiden edition in 1985 in China and in 1993 in Japan.
The 2013 FIFA U-17 world champions had also won the trophy when it was hosted by South Korea in 2007.
On his expectations from the Super Eagles in their crucial Brazil 2014 World Cup showdown against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia in Calabar, the former defender said that the Eagles would win.
West, who also plied his trade with Auxerre FC of France and Inter Milan FC of Italy, told NAN that the team was good enough to carry the day and urged the players to adhere to instructions.