Oliseh: 94 Eagles not good enough


That team included players with fearsome reputations matched only by their ability to obliterate the opposition.

It included the likes of the late Rashidi Yekini, Austin Okocha, Emmanuel Amuneke, Finidi George, Daniel Amokachi and Oliseh himself and later Kanu, Taribo West and Celestine Babayaro, but Olseh says they would now be second-rate.

"I hear people talk about wanting to return Nigeria to the days of the Olisehs, the Kanus, the Finidi's and so on," he began, speaking at the Soccerex Lagos Seminar on Thursday.

"But the problem is that if we get Nigeria back to where we were in 94 and 96 when we won the Nations Cup and Olympic gold, it's not good enough to be in the second division of world football.

"We have to think higher, set our standards much higher because football has evolved."

The former Juventus midfielder advocated a return to organized, structured development as the key. "The difference between Europe and Africa is that football development in Africa is based on individual talent.

"We must find a way to plan structured programmes to develop young players from an early age."