Thank you hestonap. 'Thunder' never seems to come to mind in these discussions but you are right. My bad.hestonap wrote:Damunk,Damunk wrote:Agreed.danfo driver wrote:What pool? I assume you are referring to viable options, and not just some useless player with a Nigerian father.Damunk wrote:EMIR KONGI JAFFI JOFFA wrote:NFF is obviously a loyal disciple of everything England. I suppose Boris Johnson will coach this Team.
You are not going to find the pool of Nigerian talent in Germany or France or Belgium that you'll find in England, for obvious reasons.
Even within Nigeria, evidence suggests the largest pool of talent is in the south east.
What do you want to do about it? If anyone isn't happy they should stop complaining, look into the reasons and improve the quality of competition.
It is what it is.
Dumbing down to satisfy silly sentiment is not an option.
Even at CB, Germany has Udokhai, Akpoguma and Torunarigha.
The word "talent" must be taken into consideration.
My point is about numbers.
You more than most should know there are hundreds of Nigerians playing up and down the UK leagues, only a tiny fraction of whom are even remotely being eyed.
That's all simply down to our historical ties and the sheer weight of numbers of Nigerians living here.
You cant compare that to anywhere else in Europe.
And that is what is and always has been reflected.
John Chidozie and Tunji Banjo were the first.
There was another guy who was a pharmacist - can't recall his name now.
Then came Okwaraji, I think from Germany.
Keshi was the first home-grown to emigrate, first to Ivory Coast then on to Europe.
He opened the gates and the trickle became the flood.
So nor be today.
Not to detract from a very interesting/important topic, but for sake of accuracy the Big Boos (RIP) was not the first homegrown player to emigrate, granted he truly opened the floodgate to Europe.
The late Thunder Balogun played for Peterbrough/Skegnes and QPR in the 50s and Quicksilver Sylvanus Okpala played in Portugal at least a couple of years in Europe before Keshi went to Lokeren in Belgium and he was a relative contemporary to Keshi.
I guess the circumstance of Keshi's move and being the Eagles Captain at the time, meant he was of a significantly higher profile that Okpala's move paled in relative comparison.
On a side note, I recall reading an interview with Peter Rufai talking about how him and Keshi went/were going to go for Trials with Spurs as far back as either 82 or 83.
As for Quicksilver, I wasn't aware he'd gone to Europe so early.
Could it have possibly been while Keshi was still in the Ivory Coast?