Nigerian-born former England striker, John Fashanu, says Nigeria has lost its weight in world football following series of poor performances at international competitions.
Fashanu cited lack of quality players as the reason for the downward trend in international reputation for the country.
The Super Eagles will be missing at the African Cup of Nations twice in a row and the former Wimbledon forward pointed at the country’s poor grassroots development for the slow and pain death.
Fashanu said, “We ask ourselves where are the potentials? Where are the Jay Jays, Kanus and the Fashanus – where are they?
“They are not coming out now. Sometimes you need to take one step back to move forward.
“Because right now there are lot of potentials but there is no international quality we need to breakthrough.
“And if it is not there, we are surely not going to get recognition. What do we rank now? The ranking of Nigeria is currently between 50 to 60 in the world.
“I’m sorry to say that we are irrelevant. And when it comes to football we should be right up there in the top 15 to 20.
“We want to see some of the potentials and let’s not keep calling it potentials but let’s see some stuff come back again.”