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Osimhen, Others Not Ready For Eagles, Says Nwosu

Posted: Nov 14, 2015 at 9:46 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Following the triumph of the Golden Eaglets at the U-17 World Cup in Chile there have been intense calls to accelerate the transition of some of the players like Kelechi Nwakali and Victor Osimhen to the senior teams. Some commentators have even suggested that the boys be moved to the senior national team, the Super Eagles, but a former coach of the Eaglets, Henry Nwosu, told Saturday Telegraph on the telephone that drafting the players to the Super Eagles would not only be too hasty but counter-productive. He however stated that it would be a great decision to promote some of the players to the U-23 to begin with so that they could gradually mature and be ready for competition at the highest level.

“I would support the quick graduation of some of the players to the U-23 side. That would just be a natural progression but to talk of straight move to the Super Eagles would be overreaching as far as I am concerned. It would be too much of a leap for very young players and that might affect their development in the game,”Nwosu noted. Reminded that he was already a senior national team player as a school kid, Nwosu was quick with a riposte:

“It is not the same thing, football is different now. In our time it was easy for us to fit in instantly, if you like, because we had played the game from childhood. But now most players get involved in the game rather late and only because of the pecuniary benefits.”

On rewards for the Eaglets who successfully defended the trophy they won two years ago in the United Arab Emirates, the former Green Eagles skipper was unequivocal in stating that money and houses were the best prizes to be given to the players.

He noted that the boys would be better off given such compensations rather than other awards. He said: “The best reward for the Eaglets for me is money and houses. The boys will really need that as many of them are from humble background, this would go a long way in assisting their parents.

I won’t even mention scholarships because I know that most of the boys would want to play professional football and they won’t appreciate the scholarships. Also, let’s discourage the idea of giving young sportsmen national awards. How does that help them? How does it elevate their standard of living? I believe raising their economic status should be the overriding consideration when compensating players who bring glory to the country.