Seun Kuti Raises Concerns Over Super Eagles’ Commitment
Renowned Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti, has expressed disappointment with the commitment levels of Super Eagles players during national duty.
Following the underwhelming 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, Kuti criticized Nigerian footballers for their perceived lack of seriousness and dedication on the field.
Least Disciplined Athletes: Kuti’s Bold Assertion
In a candid statement posted on his Instagram page, Kuti boldly asserted that Nigerian footballers are the “least disciplined athletes.”
He specifically pointed out their lack of focus and seriousness during international competitions, comparing them unfavorably to their European counterparts.
Financial Motivation Excuse Rejected
Addressing the players’ common excuse of underperformance due to financial motivations, Kuti dismissed it, emphasizing that many of them are already wealthy and not solely dependent on payments from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
He urged them to prioritize national pride and consider the broader impact on African football.
Patriotism Questioned: Oyibo Clubs vs. National Duty
Kuti accused the Super Eagles of lacking patriotism, suggesting that players show more dedication to their foreign clubs than when representing Nigeria.
He challenged their excuses of mistreatment by the national football body, stressing the importance of performing well for Africa despite any perceived shortcomings in treatment.
Comparisons to International Competitions
Drawing comparisons to prestigious international competitions like the Euros and World Cup, Kuti highlighted the stark difference in focus and commitment displayed by European teams.
He questioned the contrast between the players’ serious demeanor at their clubs and their perceived unserious attitude during the Nations’ Cup.
African Footballers Criticized: Kuti’s Controversial Remark
In a controversial remark, Kuti labeled African footballers, particularly Nigerian ones, as the “craziest of athletes.”
While acknowledging their dedication at the club level, he expressed disappointment in their apparent lack of seriousness when representing their nations.
Call for Change: Kuti’s Plea for Improved Performance
Seun Kuti’s critique serves as a call to action for Super Eagles players, urging them to prioritize national duty, exhibit greater discipline, and enhance their commitment levels during international competitions.
The singer’s bold statements have sparked discussions on the challenges and expectations faced by African footballers on the global stage.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn