SUPPER EAGLES:- Information reaching us suggests that the Nigeria Football Federation is on another journey to hire a foreign Coach (now a Frenchman) to take over the Eagles coaching job. It is believed that NFF is already negotiating with the French coach, and plan to meet soon with Sports-Minister, Solomon Dalung to finalize the matter.

This is in response of Super Eagles woeful exit from 2017 African Cup of Nations, where the national team secured just 2 points from 3 games (2 draws and a loss). Egypt is currently topping the group with 7 points. Eagles drew 1-1 with Egypt in their 1st-leg encounter in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria, before failing to 1-0 defeat in Alexandria, Egypt, resulting in Nigeria’s elimination from the biggest African football fiesta!

In their usual ‘’fire-fighting’’ approach, we understand that NFF is again running around to secure a new coach, preferring a foreigner over arrays of capable local coaches including top ex-players, available for the country’s football coaching needs. According to our source, NFF want a foreign coach with wide knowledge of Nigerian players in Europe.

Reacting to the current disgrace on the country’s footballing reputation, NFF want to breath-in some momentum and confidence in the national football team and fans, by quickly securing a foreign coach and arranging some high-level friendly matches for Super Eagles.

NFF’s decision to look for a foreign coach is because of their believe that Nigerian coaches lack the managerial and technical abilities, as well as man-management skills required to manage a top team as Super eagles, with top players doing well with their respective European clubs.

You will recall that the era of Steven Keshi, Sunday Olise and even Samson Siasia as the country’s senior football coaches are all marred by back-room skirmishes as well as off-field public outbursts between the players and the coaches, resulting in ineffective harnessing of huge talent available for the national football team. In last World Cup in Brazil, it is widely believed that the main reason why Supper Eagles crashed against France is that, the night before the match with France, while their French counterpart are taking required resting, the Nigerian team were busy squabbling over the issue of how and when to share money. It showed in the field as after a decent 1st-half, the stamina of the Super Eagles deteriorated in the 2nd-half, allowing France to forcefully disseminate the tiring Eagles out of the world Cup competition.

As Supper eagles will soon start another campaign for a slot in 2018 World Cup in Russia, and to avoid same disgrace witnessed in current Africa Cup of Nation qualification rounds, NFF is looking to secure a good foreign coach for the national team.

But in his own reaction, NFF president, Amaju Pinnick shows no willingness to make any categorical statement on this issue. According to Pinnick, the meeting with Dalung was geared towards moving Nigerian football forward.

“We will meet with the minister on Tuesday to map out strategies on how to move Nigerian football forward. We want the best coaches to manage our national teams and we are working towards that,” Pinnick said.

In the event that a foreign coach is secured, we understand that he will work with local hands, including Emmanuel Amuneke, Salisu Yusuf and others.

While we are not entirely against any decision by NFF to employ a foreign coach believes that the problem facing Nigeria’s National Team has more to do with NFF and the players, rather than the coaches. Instead of this series of failed fire-fighting approach, NFF suppose to sit down and find out what is the real reasons behind this mess in the senior National Team. The reason is not all about coach, but also about the mentality of the players. While European and Latin American players are so proud of representing their country in international competitions, that is not the case with Nigerian players. Some of them, though personally supper-rich, but are only interested in making sure that they get the last penny from the country, instead of giving there best for the country.

Also in this mess, NFF is as incompetent and as guilty as (if not more than) all other parties. Over and over again, officials of NFF prove that they care only about their personal pockets, rather than setting football legacy for Nigeria. It is no secret that before agreeing to sign any coach, NFF officials do demand some percentage from coach’s monthly salary. Under such huge corrupt malpractices, how can NFF be able to hold accountable the coaches they employed? It is almost impossible, because their top officials are already compromised.

Nigeria is changing coaches as frequent as most of us change our shirts resulting in lack of stability in the National Team. No long-term plans! In guise of searching for a new coach, soon, NFF officials shall embark on another jamboree, perambulating from one European capital to another, wasting millions of Naira in lavish lifestyles that an ordinary hardworking Nigeria can only dream of. Our suggestion is that NFF should, first, clean their house, before embarking on another futile journey! There is no reason for these failures from a country that boasts of top football players as Nigeria!


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