Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Dennis has admitted to the struggles of Nigerian football, stating that despite its ‘quality player’ the football is in decline.
The Nottingham Forest striker told SuperSport show ‘In The Premier League Chair’ that despite having good players, Nigerian football has been grappling with success and expectations.
“A lot of people ask me that and I don’t really want to answer because it breaks my heart. I really wanted to go to the World Cup for the country,” the 24-year-old told SuperSport.
“Because Nigerian football for the past few years hasn’t been doing good. We’ve been struggling but we have a lot of quality players, very good players.”
On the vandalisation and fans eruption at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium after the 1-1 draw that made arch rivals Ghana qualify at the expense of Nigeria to the World Cup, Dennis believes that it is because of the fans’ passion for the game.
“You could see the disappointment in the fans when we didn’t qualify. They broke into the stadium. That’s people that are passionate about football,” Dennis explained.
“It’s really heartbreaking and something I’m trying to forget about. It just stays in my head.”