There are currently dialogues over the organization of the global football presentation after the Fifa congress in May
Former Nigeria midfielder and coach Sunday Oliseh believes the current four-year cycle of the World Cup makes an ‘exceptional’ competition for players.
Fifa is currently studying the impact of switching the Men’s World Cup and the Women’s World Cup to biennial competitions after 166 national federations voted in its favor during their last congress in May.
Oliseh, who played for Nigeria during the 1994 and 1998 editions of the worldwide showpiece, disrupted the four-year cycle, making the World Cup memorable and he also suggested why African countries want to organize the tournament every two years.
The president of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, said making the World Cup a biennial event would bring growth to the African continent and the legendary Ivory Coast, Yaya Toure, was throwing his weight behind it.
“Personally as a player it would be interesting to say ‘OK, within a period of six years I can play three World Cups,’ ‘Oliseh said. BBC World Service.
‘But what really makes the World Cup exceptional is the build-up to the event – the four-year wait and the fact that it is sometimes a one-off event for certain players.
“I can see why African football is happy with that, because it goes hand in hand with the Africa Cup of Nations, which helps us sell ourselves every two years.
“We need it. We need funds, like the ones that bring in these big tournaments – we need it from that point of view.”
Oliseh added that active players and their clubs should be asked about the switch before a decision is made.
“I do not think we should mostly consult former players – we should consult the players now,” said the former Ajax midfielder.
“The Mbappes, the Benzemas, you have to ask everyone and they have to give their opinion. They are now the actors.
“To say, ‘I played three World Cups’ would be great for some players, but let’s not forget that the real players are the club. No matter what happens to the national team, it’s them who pays the wages.
‘It is they who give the players the financial, psychological and health capacity to be at their best to take part in major tournaments for their countries.
“So now we are conducting this discussion, should the club owners not be consulted? Should not the cl ub managers be consulted?”