The Super Eagles have had some sporadic successes in the past, but the Eagles are not anywhere near their best years at the moment.
The Gernot Rohr era was promising but things began to go south under the Franco-German tactician and that ultimately cost him his job.
The team have since moved on from his chaotic reign and with Portuguese, Jose Peseiro at the helm, fans are hopeful of a fruitful future.
But success will not be handed to the manager and the team on a platter. It will only come with proper planning and execution of the plans.
There are different aspects to the game and getting it right on all fronts will only mean success on the field of play.
Here are some of the aspects of the game that both the Nigeria Football Federation and the handlers of the team have to commit to getting right to out the team in a good stead for achieving the much needed success.
No matter how much talent the country has, the chances of success are slim without a competent manager in charge of the affairs of the team.
No doubt, Nigeria has some of the best football talents on the continent but there is a need to harness them.
Portuguese manager. Jose Peseiro has been at the helm since Austin Eguavoen stepped aside and on several occasions, he has spoken of his desire to achieve great things with the Super Eagles.
The former Benfica and Porto coach is vastly experienced and if he brings to bear on the team, the Eagles could be heading for a successful era.
As far as talents go, Nigeria is really blessed with top notch football players.
It is no wonder why Nigeria is ranked among the countries with the highest exports of football players.
From Africa to Oceania, Nigerians are plying their trade in football leagues around the World.
Currently, Nigeria can boast up players plying their trades with different clubs across the top five leagues in Europe.
The talents are not in short supply, it is down to the management to harness the potentials of these players to achieve success.
Finance and Sponsorship
One of the banes of football in Nigeria over the years is the paucity of funds.
Successive NFF boards were hampered by lack of funds until recently that some improvements were recorded in that regard.
The current NFF board cannot depend solely on funding from the government. They have to be proactive in securing the financial future of the game.
One of such ways is to seek active collaboration with new sponsors to ensure adequate funding.
An area the board could explore is the thriving igaming industry where Bet9ja for example is leading in terms of funding the game in Nigeria.
These bookies have huge popularity which translates to more customers and deep pockets. That’s why players can get a nice Bet9ja bonus after signing up.
This is the single most important aspect of the game in Nigeria. The state of our football can be attributed to years of below par administration.
There have been allegations of misappropriation of funds, nepotism and infighting which have all contributed to the downward spiral of the game in the country.
With a new man at the helm, the hope is that the mistakes of the previous administration will not be repeated and there will be focus on the development of the sports rather than mundane stuff.