ï»¿After demoting national team coach, Shaibu Amodu and ensuring he was out of the countryâ€™s World Cup team, former Nigerian international, Bright Omokaro has said all eyes will be on next coach the Naigeria Football Federation bring forward for the Eagles top job.
â€œ:Amoduâ€™s sack is no problem. Itâ€™s up to them(NFF). They hired him and now they have decided to fire him,â€the former no-nonsense defender started, in a telephone chat with Sports Vanguard.
He however said, â€œBut the focus now is on the NFF. Let us see what manner of coach they want to bring because the World Cup is not a small project. Whatever they are doing they should go about it with the urgency it requires.â€
Omokaro who was fondly called â€˜10/10′ in his active days, however, had some advice for any coach coming to handle the Eagles. â€œHe must have an insider who will give him the necessary tips to succeed.
â€œÃ„ny coach who comes here and ignores the home-based players does so at his own risk because if you want to build an-all foreign-based team you will never get the best of Nigerian football. They will never give you their all,â€Omokaro said, adding, â€œno coach goes to a country and would refuse to look inwards.â€
He said former Eagles coach, Clemens Westerhof succeeded in 1994 because he had a lot of local players competing for shirts against their foreign-based counterparts.
â€œLook at how Martins played for his club the other day. Did he put half the effort he made playing for his club for the national team in Angola?â€Omokaro asked, saying that foreign-based players play half-heartedly when featuring for the country.
Omokaro said the NFF must get a coach that can transform Nigerian football but was worried about the time between when the football house would complete the screening exercise before the coaches would be interviewed.