Again, Nigeria humiliated before the Int. Community as Daniel Amokachi reveals dirty deals affecting growth of Nigerian football
PARIS, DECEMBER 24, 2016 (DGW) A stunning revelation has just been made by Former Nigeria captain Daniel Amokachi before the international community why Nigerian soccer has really not recorded a steady growth.
This practice, he said, is endemic as local coaches are often bribed to invite players onto the country's national teams, the BBC has reported.
Despite no one being found guilty of the accusation, there have long been suspicions it happens in Nigeria.
"Agents always come to give money for their players to be invited to camp," said Amokachi. "Does it have to be so?"
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has asked Amokachi to produce evidence to support his claims.
The 43-year-old, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player in 1994, says it is time people spoke up about an issue that he says has long bedevilled the Nigerian game.
"We know this thing has been going on for a while but we have to voice it," the current manager of Finnish second tier side JS Hercules told BBC Sport.
Previously, Amokachi worked as an assistant to former Super Eagles coaches Stephen Keshi (2011-15), Shaibu Amodu (2008-10) and Austin Eguavoen (2005-2007).
He says that all three used to complain about the practice.
"Every time Amodu would tell me: 'Can you listen to these useless agents that are calling me? They want to give me US$10,000, $20,000 and $30,000 to bring their players in.'"
"But he's a man of integrity and wouldn't take it. I worked with Keshi and it was the same scenario. With Eguavoen, it was the same.
"If these three names mentioned had not had integrity, definitely they would have fallen victim."
Mohammed Sanusi, the NFF General Secretary, rejected Amokachi's allegations while also calling on him to furnish the organisation with more information.
"I think it is unfair to make such allegations and not mention the names of those involved," Sanusi told BBC Sport.
"It would be fair if he mentions the names of those who have either approached him or approached some people to give them money. He should also mention people who he knew collected money.
"I think that will be the best way to go about it.
"I have not heard of this issue from any quarter and I can tell you that the NFF will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. If Amokachi has evidence of what he has said he should bring it forward and we will take it up."
The former international, who enjoyed a fruitful career in Europe with Anderlecht (Belgium), Everton (England) and Besiktas (Turkey), says he has been inspired to speak out after being accused of the practice himself.
It came after Nigeria, African champions in 2013, failed to qualify for next month's Nations Cup in Gabon.
"Someone accused me lately, (saying) 'the reason Nigeria did not qualify is because all you coaches demand bribes.'"
"You understand? I felt the pain."