Godfrey Gaiya, Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Sports, said on Tuesday that Nigerian footballers lacked the discipline and commitment to win the FIFA World
Footballer of the Year Award. Rep. Gaiya was reacting to the 2012 FIFA Ballon d' Or won by Barcelona/ Argentine striker, Lionel Messi, his fourth in a row.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that every Nigerian player was a potential winner of the award but noted that they needed to put some extra effort to measure up to Messi's standard."Talent is talent; you don't buy it with money. Everybody that can play for Nigeria is a potential world football award winner.
"However, it is not enough that you play for Nigeria and for a club in Europe. You need a cutting edge talent that will put
you above your peers. That doesn't come with just a wish because it's hard work and discipline. "As it is, I am not convinced that we have the potential of getting there because our players lack discipline and the commitment to get there," Gaiya said.
The legislator dismissed suggestions that football administrators had not done enough to take the players to that level. "There is no level of administrative acumen that can translate into a player being named the best in the World."