Nigerian coach Berti Vogts has criticised the country’s Football Association for the national team’s poor preparations ahead of this weekend’s 2008 African Nations Cup Group 3 qualifier in Uganda.
He said the Nigerian FA’s poor leadership was to blame for the failure of several European-based professionals to join the team’s training camp in Kenya.
“I am not happy that we have only one training session,” said Vogts in reference to Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Kenya in their only build-up match on Sunday.
“The boys have been idle for the past three weeks since they finished playing for their respective clubs.”
Vogts is upset with the absence of Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins despite having been released by the English club at the end of the Premiership season.
“Martins says he has a thigh injury and has had to seek treatment in Rome. I don’t know the extend of his injury but I have enough strikers to field in Uganda,” said Vogts.