Tijani Babangida said that it would be tough for Nigeria to qualify for the next World Cup

Former Nigeria star Tijani Babangida has stated it will be tough for Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 World Cup that will be held in Russia.

He said that at the moment the team is playing poorly and does not have any chance of making it to the finals. For him, Nigeria needs a miracle if ever they are going to make it to the World Cup.


Babangida came to prominence in the Nigeria team featuring players such as Jay JayOkocha and Sunday Oliseh, which participated at the 1998 World Cup in France. He is currently working as a coach and was Oliseh’s assistant when the latter was managing the Nigerian team.

He said that the problem with Nigerian football is that there is not a proper structure in place. He said that while other countries are busy preparing their teams for the World Cup qualifiers, Nigeria does not have a permanent coach at the head of the team. They change managers too frequently, and this does not give enough time to prepare a quality team. He said that there need to be some fort of stability at the head of the national team if they want Nigeria to progress and do well in the future.

Scotland can reach the World Cup 2018 according to midfielder Darren Fletcher

Scotland can reach the World Cup 2018 according to midfielder Darren Fletcher, who might actually play if Scotland qualify as the last major tournament in his career.

The former Manchester United midfielder is currently playing with West Brom. His experience and quality have been immense to the Scotland national team, but they have been unable to benefit from it much due to the lack of quality elsewhere on the pitch. The last major tournament in which Scotland played was the 1998 World Cup in which they were knocked out of the group stages.

The increase in the number of participating countries of the upcoming major tournaments is likely to help teams like Scotland reach the event. This may be one of the reasons for Fletcher sounding incredibly confident about Scotland’s chances of going to the World Cup 2018. Russia will host this tournament, although several doubts remain about the ability of the nation to make it a huge success. The last few World Cup have been surrounded by controversies on a number of subjects including the award for a bid from a country. Russia competed with England for the rights to host this tournament.

WHY BIELSA?

Shay Given can’t quite understand why Swansea City is so keen to sign Marcelo Bielsa.

According to the veteran, somebody, who has got the experience of managing the English teams and knows the nature of Football in this country, would be more beneficial than a foreigner as far as Swansea City is concerned.

A website quoted Shay Given as saying, “It’s incredible that Swansea is at somebody who has never worked in England and is not able to communicate in English. I don’t think too many people even know him over here.”

“They should instead be looking to sign a manager who has seen English Football from close quarters and has got the idea how it works in this part of the world.”

When asked if he is hinting towards the former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes who is currently out of job, the star shot stopper said, “Yes for sure.”

“David would be a better choice in my opinion. He knows Premier League as well as anyone having worked in it over a long period of time.”

As far as Bielsa is concerned, he might not be a known commodity in England, but, he is a well respected figure in some other Football crazy counties in the world.

He has been in charge of the national team of Argentina in the past and has guided them to Olympic Gold.

Apart from that, he has fairly successful tenures with Chile and the Spanish club Athletic Bilbao too.

Those who know him well say he is an aggressive manager and one of the shrewdest tacticians going around.

So, while some people including Shay Given might not agree to it, there’s surely some logic behind Swansea’s interest in Bielsa.

However, his language problem might be an obstruction in his work in England.