Coach Usman Yinka Salihu, a former Nigerian International, has revealed that the most talented footballers in Nigeria are in the north as answered a question on why players of northern extraction hardly feature prominently in the Super Eagles.
Salihu who stated that most talented footballers in Nigeria are in the north, added that the players themselves do not have the right attitude that would take them to the pinnacle of their chosen career. The BCC Lions of Gboko star who played a prominent role in the national U-23 team of his generation, said players based in the north are highly talented but are hardly scouted by national team coaches. He further revealed that most of the players are easily contented with whatever they have achieved, and would prefer to play in the north to going elsewhere in search of greener pastures.
He told Daily Trust;
“In my opinion the main problem with northern players is their attitude. It is a fact that no matter the ability you have, without the right attitude that ability will amount to nothing.
“They like to play without restrictions. Once you try to impose discipline on them, they tend not to perform well. Most are of them are more comfortable playing in the north where they can come to training anytime they want and when it is convenient for them.
“However, there is no doubting the fact that the best talents in Nigerian football are in the north. Sometimes they are discovered and taken out but because their orientation is the same, they hardly flourish,” he said.