Despite widespread calls for Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu to be replaced with a foreign Technical Adviser, the NFF have reiterated their stand that Amodu will definitely be in South Africa next year.
Influential executive committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi told KickOffNigeria.com in Cape Town that the much-maligned coach would be going nowhere as far as the federation is concerned.
â€œI can tell you for certain that Amodu will be at the World Cup in South Africa,â€ Ogunjobi, flanked by NFF General Secretary Bolaji Ojo-Oba, Chief Media Officer Ademola Olajire and Head of Marketing Idris Adama, said.
Pressed to define what role the coach will play in South Africa, Ogunjobi was unequivocal that he would be the top man.
â€œHe will not be going there as anybodyâ€™s assistant, but as the man in charge.â€
Ogunjobiâ€™s declaration follows a ringing endorsement recently handed to the coach by the NFF board, who remain under pressure to hire a foreign technical adviser.
So far, the Glass House has refused to buckle, and Ogunjobi, who chairs the NFF Boardâ€™s Technical Committee, says Nigerians should be proud to have Amodu in charge in South Africa.
â€œIt is an African World Cup, being hosted in Africa and he is the only African coach leading a team there. We should be proud of him and support him to succeed rather than distracting him with talk of a foreign coach.
â€œHe has one of the best records in qualifying. Even some of those that they are calling to replace him have not done better than him. So why should we reward them for their failure, and punish him for his success.â€