Renowned lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Femi Falana has opined that the Super Eagles do not stand a realistic chance of emerging champions of this year’s World Cup, because he believes other countries that have invested more in football will get the prize.
Although Falana admits Nigeria is blessed with many talented footballers, among who some will don the country’s jersey at Russia 2018, he insists winning the World Cup goes beyond having talented players, a good coach and a promising team.
Lagos-based Falana further predicted that the winner of this year’s tournament is likely to come from one of the countries that have long term planning in place for football and other sports activities.
He said although the players are fully committed, government’s failure to adequately invest in sports, means that the team’s performances are more on luck and chance occurrence.
“We will do well, but the government has refused to invest in sports. Talk of the Super Eagles, you only gather the team when we are having a tournament, global tournament, whereas other nations practice regularly.
“They will try but it is difficult to win the World Cup because you are competing against countries that have invested heavily in promoting sports. Ours is a game of chance,” Falana submitted.