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Employ a foreign assistant for Amodu, Ogufere tells NFF

 •Former African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba, (l) Globacom’s Executive Director Human Resources, Adewale Sangowawa (m) and CAF Communications Director, Habuba Suleiman at the unveiling of the top five nominees for the 2009 Glo-CAF Awards in Lagos.
•Former African Footballer of the Year, Victor Ikpeba, (l) Globacom’s Executive Director Human Resources, Adewale Sangowawa (m) and CAF Communications Director, Habuba Suleiman at the unveiling of the top five nominees for the 2009 Glo-CAF Awards in Lagos.

By Philips Adefioye
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and the National Sports Commission, NSC have been advised to hire a foreign coach that would work under the Super Eagles coach, Shaibu Amodu.
Former President of the West African Football Union, WAFU, Chief Jonathan Ogufere who gave this advice in an exclusive interview with Saturday Vanguard sports said that hiring a foreign coach to boss Amodu would not go well with the team.

Ogufere, a sports technocrat sighted the case of Coach Samson Siasia who hired a Sudanese born Dutch tactician, Simon Kalika to assist him in area of technical which can as well be done in Amodu’s case.

“This can as well be done for Amodu, hiring a foreign coach to work with him as his assistant, and if that one can be done, I tell you things will work according to plan.

“The job has gone beyond a one man, Amodu need to be supported, it will not be a good thing to push him aside”.

According to the former member of the NFA, the Sani Lulu-led NFF should put their house in order towards the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup so that the Eagles would put up a respectable performance  in South Africa next year.

“The NFF begin early preparation for the team because the championship is not a tea party. Our belt must be tightened and the best legs must be selected for the Mundial.

The preparation must not be a fire bridge type and if the right things are put in place without any distractions, Nigeria will definitely excel in South Africa,” he said.

He stressed that Nigeria will do better than other African countries at the World Cup because of the Nigerian spirit which they always exhibit at international events.
Chief Ogufere therefore urged the technical crew of the team to inject new players they know are at their peak from either the local league or in Europe, adding that grouping the Eagles with former World C up champions, Argentina, South Korea and Greece should not be a thing of fear.

Stressing that what matters most now was a solid preparation for the team which should commence now.


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