Former Super Eagles midfielder, Sunday Oliseh, has said the current four-year cycle of the FIFA World Cup makes it an “exceptional” competition for players.
FIFA are considering switching the men’s World Cup and the women’s World Cup to biennial competitions.
This is after 166 national federations voted in its favour during its last congress in May.
Oliseh, who played for Nigeria at the 1994 and 1998 editions of the global showpiece, insists the four-year cycle makes the World Cup memorable.
“Personally as a player, it would be interesting to say ‘OK, in a six-year period, I could play three World Cups’,” Oliseh told BBC World Service.
“But what actually makes the World Cup exceptional is the build-up to the event – the four-year wait and the fact that sometimes it’s a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for certain players.
“I can see why African football is happy with it because it goes with the Africa Cup of Nations which, every two years, helps us to sell ourselves.
“We need it. We need funds coming in like the ones these major tournaments bring in – we need it from that point of view.”
Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has insisted Cristiano Ronaldo was never going to play for Manchester City.
City were interested in Ronaldo as they searched for a striker during the final days of the transfer window.
But Solskjaer insists the 36-year-old was never destined for the Etihad Stadium.
“I don’t think there was any prospect of that,” said Solskjaer, when asked how close Ronaldo had come to joining City.
Ronaldo is set to compete with compatriot Bruno Fernandes for penalty responsibilities…