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OGUNTUASE SLAMS SPORTS ADMINISTRATORS

By NBF News

A former junior international Jide Oguntuase has lamented the poor state of the country's sports.

The Scotland '89 U-17 World Cup Golden Eaglets forward said the performance of the country at international level on Saturday and Sunday was regrettable.

'I'm not happy with the way Samuel Peter was defeated in his heavyweight fight with champion Wladimir Klitschko but the situation was even made worse because of the way our teams performed in CAF competitions on Sunday.

'It was a shock to see Eaglets, who almost won the U-17 World Cup last year, get knocked out by Congo in the qualifiers and news reached us that Heartland had also crashed out of the CAF Champions League.

'Well, that is an indication that all is not well with our sports and that we need the right people to take charge,' the former Belgium-based player said.

Oguntuase, a 1991 All Africa Games silver medallist, however, expressed delight at the qualification of the Flamingos for the quarterfinals of the ongoing U-17 Women's World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago.

'The Flamingos' performance so far is a sign of good things to come not just for our Nigerian football but for sports generally. The girls have made us proud and we should give them the needed encouragement to surpass the record of the Falconets who won silver at the U-20 World Cup in Germany last month,' Oguntuase said.