Former Flying Eagles and Ittihad (Libya) defender, Chikelue Iloenyosi has opened up to reasons behind the National U-20 side abysmal performance despite hosting the FIFA World Cup in 1999. Recall that the Flying Eagles emerged runners up in Group A behind Paraguay while Coasta Rica and Germany were placed third and fourth respectively.
In a telephone chat with Iloenyosi, he revealed that the change in the technical crew of the star-studded squad had a serious effect on their quest. The NFA drafted in a new coach, Thijs Libregts, who knew nothing about the chemistry of team, the Nigerian terrain and was not even part of the building process.
The issue of the bribery scandal labelled against Coach Tunde Disu played another negative impact on the team and the dutch tactician also told the players that they should leave their match bonuses with the FA.
Iloenyosi, who is now an aide to NFF President, Amaju Pinnick had an illustrious career that spanned through Fernerbahe, Caykur Rizespor (Turkey), Borussia Berlin (Germany).