Victor Agali Advises Nigeria To Learn From Germany
A former Nigeria international, Victor Agali who enjoyed a blistering club career in Germany has advised the football administrators to take a cue from Germany who over the weekend won the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup.
In an exclusive chat with Bounce Sports, Agali who had six productive years playing for German clubs Schalke 04 and Hansa Rostock said the success presently being enjoyed by the Germans took over ten years of careful planning.
“I will not say that the Germany model is the best in the world, we have also seen other European countries make a success out of their football but if we (Nigeria) can put our acts together and learn from what the Germans are doing right it will be very good for us,” Agali posited.
“They have set for themselves a standard and a structure that they have been working on for the past 10 years, what we are seeing now is just the results of their hard work and more importantly their patience” the former footballer now turned coach stated.
Agali, who is particularly thrilled with the youthfulness of the German team, admitted that Nigeria still has a lot to do in this regard.
“The bedrock of a national team should logically be their local league but that cannot apply to Nigeria because when you look at the average age of players in these clubs, they are old.
"You can see that Genort Rohr is going out of the shores of the country to look for young players, but if you want to force him to pick players from the local league, he might just have to pick old players” he said.
Germany beat Chile 1-0 on Sunday to win the 2017 Confederation Cup. They are the third country after Brazil and France to win the tournament as reigning world champions.