Former Nigerian Striker Benedict Akwuegbu has expressed his disappointment at the Nigerian football federation for not honoring past Players.
The 45-year-old ex international who was among the U-17 World Cup final squad in 1989, hosted by Scotland, lashes out at the Nigerian football governing body during an interview session with Journalists on Tuesday.
He claimed that the only regret he had playing for Nigeria was failure on the part of the NFF to recognize him and other former players who has given their all for the country.
“Sometimes, I regret playing for Nigeria because till this very moment, I haven’t been recognized by the Nigerian football federation(NFF). I’ve served this country for 19 years. I started playing for the National team in 1988 and stopped playing in 2006 and I’m yet to be recognized.
While I was playing, I had no problem with the NFF and anytime I was called upon to play, I play. I was always punctual and disciplined. I was good to them during my playing days and I’m yet to understand why they never carried me along when I stopped playing. They never invited me for anything but such is life. I have no regrets playing for my father’s land” he said.
Akwuegbu further advised the football governing body to give the chance to former players contribute their own quota in the system.
“Players like Finidi George, Celestine Babayaro and so on needs to be recognized. They should try to carry other players along. The NFF is very big, they have a lot of things. It would be a good thing to recognize and give players that haven’t been given the chance to contribute their own quota”
Akwuegbu was involved in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers ,scoring two goals. He was also selected to the 2002 World Cup final squad.