Former Nigerian player, Coach Usman Yinka Salihu, has said that the most talented footballers in Nigeria are in the North. He said this while answering a question on why Northern players hardly feature prominently in the Super Eagles.
“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 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.”