The president of the Ghana Football Association Kurt Simeon-Okraku has said the Nigeria Football Federation under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick has “quality personnel” who are positively changing the story of football in the country.
Ghana posted a poor run at the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in the year, as they went out in the group stages. They, however, bounced back to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, beating Nigeria in a two-legged play-off in March.
Simeon-Okraku says he has quality people who have been working to change the story of Ghanian football and believes same thing is happening in Nigeria.
“Ghana went to the Afcon with high hopes, it didn’t work out. It was a disaster. But we believe we have quality personnel changing the story,” Simeon-Okraku, who took over as Ghana football chief in 2019, said. “That’s why I believe the Amaju Pinnick administration has quality personnel changing the story of the Super Eagles and football.
“Already there’s been good investment in the women’s game in Nigeria. You’ve been at the World Cup two consecutive times – 2014, 2018, the youth team have been good. So they’ve already shown beyond reasonable doubt that they have the capacity and the men who can change their story.
“This is why I said that we have the men who can change our story. We came back home [from AFCON] we took tough decisions and at the end we’ve been able to make it.”
The president, however, insists that there’s more work to be done in his country ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
“We have so many questions around the team that haven’t been answered yet and we will find answers to that. We need to fix our coaching situation and then the coaches will be empowered to continue with their scouting and to put up a good team that will go to Qatar to fight for glory for our dear country.”