By Philips Adefioye
Former Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Match Commissioner, Ewa Henshaw has advised that the solution for a respectable outing for the Super Eagles at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa was the hiring a foreign technical adviser to support Shaibu Amodu immediately after the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
Henshaw in an interview with Saturday Vanguard sports said a foreign coach with high pedigree, who is conversant with African football should be employed to tinker the Eagles for the World Cup later in June.
The former Nigeria Port Authority Football Club of Lagos striker said that a foreign coach would be more respected than Amodu, who seems not to have a grip on the team.
â€œWe need a foreign coach to take Nigeria to the World Cup. Let me tell you something, I have always been in support of a white coach or any expatriate to coach the Eagles. Shaibu Amodu has no control on the players and my problem with Nigerian indigenous coaches has always been theirÂ Â Â inability toÂ handle or control the foreign based players in the team as well asÂ sentiment in selecting players.
â€œAnother problem in the team is that there is no play maker, no team cohesion and no opportunity is being given to the home based players to fight for shirt.
In modern day football, names donâ€™t play the game any more, things have changed. It is not likeÂ beforeÂ where the winner must have emerged before the match. I donâ€™t like Amoduâ€™s pattern at all. It simply shows that he has lost touch.
I do not like the quality of our football at this Nations Cup. If you see the way other teams play with their heart, you will see that they mean business, unlike the Eagles that play like there is nothing at stake.
The new foreign coach that will be employed should not be given a mandate of reaching the semi of final of the World Cup but a mandate of performing better.
Let us give the coming foreign coach a long term project to fish out the talents from the grassroots and our league and as well as monitor the professionals abroad without any intervention from any quarter in order to build a team we can boast of to win the next World Cup. If that can be done, the country will regain itâ€™s lost glory in world football,â€Henshaw stressed.