The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has vowed to take Nigerian football back to the basics anchored on grassroots development.
The Sports Minister stated this in while reacting to the ouster of the Nigeria U-23 football team from the 2020 summer Olympic football tournament.
Nigeria played a goalless draw with South Africa meaning they ended the group stage with four points after victory and loss against Zambia and Cote D’Ivoire respectively.
Cote D’Ivoire and South Africa with six and five points respectively advanced to the semi final stage of the competition.
Only three teams will represent Africa at the event.
Nigeria, alongside with Brazil, are the only country with complete collection of medals at Olympic football event with both winning Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Nigeria won Gold In 1996 in Atlanta, won Silver in Beijing in 2008 and won Bronze in the Rio in 2016.
Earlier, the Nigerian Female football team, the Falcons lost out in the race for the Olympic Women football event when they were ousted by Cote D’Ivoire Female football team on away goal rules.
Dare, in a Tweet after the match, stated that the defeat called for a sober reflection on Nigerian football with a view to taking decisions and measures that will take the country back to football glory.
“Nigeria game against SA concentrates the mind. Time to take a look back and find out where the rain began to beat us,” he tweeted.
He stated further, “Like I said before, our football needs a return to the basics of grassroots football pristine, sports administration and sound technical coaching”.
It was a year of woes for Nigeria football after the Flying Eagles and the Golden Eaglets could not move beyond the second round in their respective World Cup outings.