Nigeria U20 Boys May Struggle In Super Eagles, Says Babayaro

FORMER Nigeria international Emmanuel Babayaro says players of the Nigeria U20 side may find it difficult
to find their feet in the country’s senior national team.
Babayaro was responding to the calls by many for the speedy promotion of some members of the victorious African Youth Championship side into the Super Eagles.
The former Plateau United goalkeeper, who is a staunch admirer of Manu Garba’s team, feels the difference in the Flying Eagles style of play and that of the Super Eagles might hinder the boys from giving their best while advocating
that all the country’s national team cadres should play similar patterns to help for easy transition.
“Integrating [the Flying Eagles] into the senior national team will be very difficult. For instance, the Nigeria U20 team plays total football and should they get to the Super Eagles, they will find it very difficult to adapt because the senior national side plays a completely different pattern,” Babayaro told Goal.
“In view of this, there has to be streamlining and harmonization
of the technical crew of our national teams; the U17, U20 and U23 to play a style that conforms with the way the senior national team plays.”
The Atlanta ‘96 Olympics gold medalist went a step further to explain the importance of this on the growth of the country’s football.
“With this in mind, the technical department of the Nigeria
Football Federation and the head coach of the senior national team will come out with a unique pattern. We used to have a style and I remember under Westerhof, we had a system of play,” he added.