Kennedy Chinwo, a former Flying Eagles defender, recently spoke on Brila FM about the challenges of making it into Nigeria’s national football team, the Super Eagles.
According to Chinwo, having talent alone is not enough to secure a spot on the team – a player must also have a powerful sponsor or godfather.
He explained that while many players dream of playing for the Super Eagles, it is not an easy feat, and without a godfather, even the most talented players may not be given the opportunity to play.
“It is the dream of every player to play for the Super Eagles. However, playing in the senior national team won’t just come easy. You need a godfather to play in the Eagles. But if you don’t have, no matter your talent, you won’t be able to play,” Chinwo told Brila FM as quoted by completesports.
The 37-year-old went on to express his passion for coaching and lamented that some talented players he knew were not given a chance to play for the Super Eagles due to a lack of a godfather.
“A few of the players who I feel should have been in the Super Eagles despite their talent were not given a chance to play in the team.”
Chinwo was a member of the Flying Eagles team that narrowly lost to Argentina in the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Netherlands in 2005, under the leadership of Samson Siasia.