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Does CHAN improve development of Africa football?

Discussion in 'General Africa related sport news' started by Real Tosin, Feb 15, 2018.

  1. Real Tosin

    Real Tosin Active Member

    What impact will CHAN have on Africa football? The CHAN is a version of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) but one that is reserved for players who ply their trade in Africa. In Europe they play all age group of football which has helped the development of their football. Is CHAN doing the same for us in Africa?

    Let me start by telling sport administrators in Nigeria to stop majoring in the minor and minoring on the major. If Nigeria had won the CHAN tournament the headline the next day would probably have been "Dalung inspirational word spearhead CHAN Eagles to winning the tournament" or "Dalung launches CHAN Eagles to victory."

    Is he heading the ministry of football or ministry of Sport? The athletes who are to represent the country revealed that there is not structure in place. We don't need a minister of sport or a senate committee chairman of sport to visit the CHAN team in Morocco when the Commonwealth athletes are crying for lack of support and preparation and the best Dalung could do is to travel to Morocco. That's terrible!!!

    Have we really performed well in CHAN? The Nigeria players in CHAN will want to perform not because they value the tournament, but because they want to attract interest from Europe or bigger clubs on the continent. Remember one thing is to make it to Europe, the other thing is to flourish there.

    One of Nigeria's best player in 2015 CHAN Ejike Uzoenyi currently playing for Ajax Cape who scored the equalizer at the stroke of 90 as Nigeria recorded a memorable comeback against Morocco in 2013 signed for Mamelodi Sundown and from there to another club where he never really performed and his contract was terminated after failing to justify all the money he was collecting.

    For a country like Nigeria, is it a tournament that brings value to us, how many players have actually transited to the real Super Eagles? If there's any, it's not as what we expected. As a matter of fact, there appears to be no corelation between what happens in CHAN and the National team. It hardly produces any player worthy of the real national team.

    Let's take for instance the DR Congo have won the CHAN tournament twice they have a very good home structure but it has not helped the team to win the AFCON or get close to doing that neither did they qualify for the World Cup.

    The Zambian national team tired their best during the World Cup qualifiers just that they were outclassed by the resurgent Nigeria side. Most of their players play in Africa same with Uganda who have been troubling a lot of Africa heavy weight but they have nothing to show for it in CHAN.

    How many of the serious Africa footballing nation takes CHAN as a priority? Egypt, Cameroon, Cote D'Ivory. I'm not a fan of CHAN and if Nigeria win the competition it's not the African Cup of nations trophy neither is it the World Cup so it does not really matter.

    Another aspect is this. The home coaches, are they really coaching the players? You expect some level of professionalism from the players against their contemporaries on the African scene but unfortunately they can't and that begs the question why concentrate on CHAN tournament with players who won't smell the world Cup squad and abandon athletes preparing for the Commonwealth games?

    In an attempt to motivate the Nigeria CHAN team, Augustine Eguavoen said the player should play well so they can make the World Cup squad and I dare say no member of the CHAN team can make the squad save Ikechukwu Ezenwa who has been with the team and has played three World Cup qualifiers twice against Cameroon and once against Algeria.

    We have seen him dive for balls that are far from target, and it's an indictment on our coaches that we don't have confidence in our home grown goal keeper and every good goal keeper we have had is because of the training they had in Europe. They don't know how to handle crosses, organize defence, how to be focused and they display a lack of tactical know how or awareness.

    The CHAN players lack lots of things which include exposure, they play in the league where players attack official, where penalties are awarded for the home team because of our home team must win mentally although they have some challenges that are not only particular to Africa football either we like it or not, humans will continue to be human, referee will continue to make errors even VAR will continue to have it's draw back. But the one I'm concerned about are the ones we can works on but we are doing nothing about or we handle like we are school boys.

    For instance the issues of hooliganism, you know the shenanigans associated with the NPFL where everybody wants to win home games these are things we can work on another is age fraud.

    The timing of the tournament and our league calls for concern. NPFL wrapped up in early September, and since then, players have been on break. This includes members of the Super Eagles CHAN squad, who have seen no league action for four months, training and friendly matches are no substitute for competitive matches.

    Most of our players got injured easily because the players come from off-season and are not well tuned. A player that has not played active football for like 3 months can get injured if they get involved in competitive tournament as experienced by the CHAN team.

    CHAN is poor quality competition that provides no benefits to the country. Infact, how much is the price money for the CHAN? The price money for PSL is more than that of CHAN so why will some country throw in their all for the tournament?

    CHAN is a grade A tournament, if you get beaten in CHAN, it affects your FIFA ranking, some federation also believes CHAN drains their fund considering the level of exposure and competitiveness.
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