Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Ben Duamlong has expressed worry that the sudden rush by Nigerian players to China in search of greener pastures is a serious threat to the country’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Quite recently, three key members of the Super Eagles, Captain, John Mikel Obi, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye have moved to the Chinese Super League.
In addition, Super Eagles assistant captain, Ahmed Musa and midfielder, Onazi Ogenyi are heavily linked with a move to money spinning Chinese league.
Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, Duamlong said the players’ decision to move to a lowly rated league like China only goes to show how their forms have dropped.
He said if the movement to China is not handled properly, it will make it difficult for Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
According to him, by moving to China, the players’ score card is already showing that they are no longer among the best players in world football.
“The movement to China only shows how much our standard has dipped. It suggests that these players are not good enough to go to some of the big clubs in Europe.
“If you are good in Europe, you will not move to China. You can still make money in Europe. It is players who are nearing retirement or those who are not good enough that go to China.
“Personally, I believe the rush to China by Super Eagles is a threat to our World Cup ticket, if not properly managed. The standard in China is something we have to look at. Is it up there?,” he asked rhetorically.