Substandard stadiums killing African football, says Nwosu
Former Green Eagles’ Captain, Henry Nwosu, has blamed substandard playing facilities for the poor state of African football, saying with the teeming population of young men and women in the continent, Africa has the potential to dominate the global game.
Speaking on the recent change in the venue of Liberia’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria from the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia to Angier, Morocco on November 11, as well as the ban of Central African Republic Stadium, which forced them to host Nigeria in Cameroun, Nwosu called on stakeholders in African football to prioritise provision of quality facilities in the interest of the game.
Nwosu described as unfortunate, the current development, where Africa’s football governing body, CAF, has directed some countries to play their home games in foreign lands due to substandard stadiums, saying it will affect football development in smaller nations.
He wondered why some governments don’t pay attention to football development in a continent with a large number of talents, adding: “When a player plays an international game against a host country in his own stadium, the player feels delighted to also play the return leg in his country… this gives him a sense of belonging.
“It is embarrassing that African football is still at this level where Super Eagles have played an away game against Central Africa Republic in Cameroun and now will play an away game against Liberia in Morocco. This shows that African football is not developing.
“How much does it take to put the best facilities in a stadium by a government. If this situation continues in African soccer, it will give the bigger nations more opportunities, which does not create equal competition.
“CAF cannot be everywhere to develop stadiums. African countries should endeavour to pay more premium in developing football in their countries.”
On the road to Qatar 2022 World Cup, Nwosu said the Super Eagles have the quality to qualify for the competition, adding, however, that the team must be serious in all games because the loss to Cape Verde has shown that there are no more minnows in African football.