By Philips Adefioye
Former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA Alhaji Sani Ahmed Toro has advised the football body not to delay with the hiring of a foreign technical adviser for the Super Eagles World Cup campaign, stressing that it was not too late to do so as canvassed by many Nigerians.
Speaking in an interview with Saturday Vanguard sports, Alhaji Toro, a former sports commissioner in Bauchi State added that the NFA should not just go for any foreign coach but a quality one as that would determine how well the Eagles would perform at the event.
According to Toro, after the new coach arrives, the NFA should ensure they arrange a lot of friendly matches for the Eagles to keep them in good shape for the World Cup which he stressed, is a different ball game from the Africa Nations Cup.
He said that even though he never supported the hiring of a foreign technical adviser for the Eagles before now, he had to make a U-turn after noticing the technical deficiency of Shaibu Amodu at the Nations Cup despite leading the team to a bronze medal.
â€œBefore now I was not in support for a foreign technical Adviser to be in-charge of the Super Eagles but the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola made us understand Shaibu Amoduâ€™sÂ technical capacity. We saw what he could do and what he couldnâ€™t t do technically on the pitch,â€ he said.
The former House of Representative member who stressed that there was no way he would not support the idea of a foreign Technical Adviser for the national team, added that even the NFA officials who earlier threw their weight behind Amodu have also seen that (Amoduâ€™s) technical ability was below the World Cup standard.
â€œIt is not too late to hire a Foreign Technical Adviser. There are certain things to consider, the World Cup is different from the Nations Cup. In the World Cup, we have to consider the qualities of players as well as make arrangement on how to study our opponents, that is spy on their system of play.
â€œWhat Iâ€™m saying is that we need a quality foreign coach on a short term to take us to the World Cup, just for the purpose of the World Cup and after that we can get another one who can develop our football like what we did before the 1994 World Cup when the former Eagles Technical Adviser, Clemens Westerhof was given a five year contract.
â€œWhat they (NFA) should do if they want to get Hassan Shehata, is to get in touch with Egypt Football Federation, they will obliged because every coach wants to take a nation to a World Cup. He will definitely come and give his best, then after the World Cup, the NFF can employ another foreign coach that can be given a four or five years contract,â€he said.