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Eagles’ assistant coach tears NFA apart

By Tony Ubani
AS Nigerians await the appointment of a foreign Technical Adviser that would lead the Eagles to the World Cup, we can reveal that the choice of indigenous coache(s) to guide the new man is causing divisions among the top hierarchy of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA.

IN TOWN FOR EAGLES JOB ••• Former England Manager, Glenn Hoddle (left), fielding questions form journalists at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel after his interview in Abuja. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Director General of the National Sports Commission and Secretary of the Presidential Task Force, Dr. Patrick Ekeji, confirmed that the new coaches had asked to come with their assistants and physical trainer. He, however, noted that there would be a slot for an indigenous coach who would under-study the foreigner and act as a guide to him.

But the choice of the Nigerian to assist the yet-to-be appointed Technical Adviser appears to have driven a knife into the members of the NFA.

Sports Vanguard gathered that emotions and sentiments are at play as some members have spoken favourably for the return of former coach Shaibu Amodu  as a compensation for giving Nigerians the qualification ticket and also meeting the seimi-final ticket given to him by the NFA at the Angola Orange African Cup of Nations.

We gathered that majority of the members, however, are at daggers-drawn over the suggestion, instead preferring a neutral coach outside the coaching staff of Amodu. “We have crossed the bridge of Amodu and should be moving forward instead of moving backwards”, one of the outspoken members of the NFA said on our hotline.

“We have many other coaches who can assist the new man. We should not make the mistake of going
pay dearly for it in the World Cup”, the source said begging not to be mentioned. Coach Amodu himself had revealed that he was willing to work with a new Manager since his contract was specific that he would irrevocably work under a foreign Technical Adviser.

Sports Vanguard learnt that the issue was so sensitive and burning that the NFA are in a dilemma over what to do.
If, however, they don’t reach a consensus to appoint one over their various interests on the ones mentioned, the foreign coach may most likely fill the gap with his own assistants and depend on the NFA to guide him on the Nigerian foreing players.

back to our spit or else we will pay dearly for it in the World Cup”, the source said begging not to be mentioned. Coach Amodu himself had revealed that he was willing to work with a new Manager since his contract was specific that he would irrevocably work under a foreign Technical Adviser.

Sports Vanguard learnt that the issue was so sensitive and burning that the NFA are in a dilemma over what to do.
If, however, they don’t reach a consensus to appoint one over their various interests on the ones mentioned, the foreign coach may most likely fill the gap with his own assistants and depend on the NFA to guide him on the Nigerian foreing players.


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