Thursday Jul 29, 2021. 13:00
Super Eagles star Leon Balogun has slammed the Nigeria Football Federation over the quality of infrastructure provided for the national teams.
The Rangers FC defender has been part of the Super Eagles squad since 2014 having decided to play for the African giants despite having been born in Germany.
Balogun, who has played 32 international matches for the Super Eagles thus far, urged the NFF to improve their facilities in order to enhance the development of football talents in Nigeria.
“You hear about other players, and why can’t they perform in the Super Eagles? We have to be honest, the infrastructure, we are not being provided with the best minerals to do our job,” Balogun told the Beautiful Game Podcast.
“It starts with pitches or it starts with accommodation but it goes on to pitches and all these kinds of things. If you say you want to see the next Messi coming out of Nigeria or the next Cristiano Ronaldo or whatsoever.
The 33-year-old central defender also urged the NFF to build a base for the Super Eagles which is similar to England’s St George’s Park National Football Centre.
“If you want to see us so then you need to make sure that back home in Nigeria we have the best possibilities,” he added.
“Like why don’t we have a base in Nigeria where we meet up like St. George’s park in England? We don’t really have something like that.”
Balogun played for Nigeria at the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals in Russia and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.