By Kate Obodo
Former Green Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu, has said the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, should be held responsible for the failure of local coaches assigned to handle the senior national team.
Speaking on a BBC sports programme, Fast-track yesterday, Chukwu said the football authorities never supported local coaches the same way they support their foreign counterparts.
Describing Nigeriaâ€™s preference for foreign coaches as â€œa thing of complexâ€, Chukwu said, â€œlocal coaches are never supported the way the foreigners are supported. They (football officials) want results all the time hence the local coach is always under pressure and so he goes for ready made players to achieve that.â€
He said that the same thing could not be said of a foreign coach when he fails because â€œthey (football officials) will defend him, saying he just came and needed time to adjust while a local coach is called names and is even sacked.â€
Continuing, the former technical adviser of Rangers Football Club of Enugu said that local coaches are capable of handling the Eagles because â€œwe produce these players from the grass-roots and know them inside out. We should be allowed to develop the players but we are not given the opportunity.â€
According to Chukwu, Nigerian football authorities â€œalways give the local coach a target and is told if you donâ€™t meet it, you are fired,â€ a development he said, puts the coaches under constant pressure.
Chukwuâ€™s argument may not hold water as Amodu was massively supported by the federation, the PTF and Nigerians. No foreign coach ever enjoyed the kind of support Amodu got from the authorities.