Former Green Eagles player KadiriÂ Ikanah is not happy with the way coaches are being relegated to the background despite their effort to help develop the game in the country as he condemned the ill-treatment meted to the redeployed Super Eagles chief coach Shaibu Amodu.
According to him, the problem of football is not the coach but the administrators who over the years have mismanaged the countryâ€™s football.
With the election of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) coming up later in the year, the former Sunshine Stars Football Club coach said time has come for those governing football to give chance to those who have passion, zeal and are knowledgeable in the game to beÂ in charge.
â€œI think enough damages have been done to Nigeriaâ€™s football. It is time to give chance to those people who have vast knowledge on how football is run, to take over so that all the problems we have been having will be over,â€ he began
â€œUndoubtedly,Â the problem of our football is not the coaches but the administrators. The standard of football in Nigeria would have been higher than this if we had good administrators running our football. It is very disheartening to put all blames on coaches without enough provision for them.
â€œOur administrators have been the bane forÂ poor standard of our football. Now that the election is coming, this is the time Nigerians need to stand on their right, voting for the right person that will run the our football smoothly.
â€œSani Toro or Segun Odegbemi are good candidates. When I say we need people that have vast knowledge in football to be in charge Odegbemi is one of those people. Because he has been in the game and knows what it take to be the NFA boss.
â€œHonestly speaking, I think there should be a change which is the only remedy we have to go forward. As far as this (present) people are still in charge, there is every tendencyÂ that our football will remain the same. The problem will continue to increase.
â€œLooking at it, no goodÂ programmes for the coaches handling the national team, no good welfare packages. Rather than improving our local coaches, they prefer to hire foreign coaches and willÂ give them every thing they needÂ while our local coaches are left behind. Change is the only way to curb the problem in our football,â€ he said.