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Nigeria Searches For Coaches

WE are in the World Cup mode, not mood. It is the difference that has dumped the country at a damnable point on the World Cup  curve – Nigeria is searching for a coach less than four months to our June 12 opening game at the World Cup.

If the elaborateness for the current search continues, we may still be at it weeks to the World Cup. The only improvement from past searches is the listing of coaches whose present employers insist are unavailable. We have maintained the tempo of getting new names to the media, we ignore the denials of some of the coaches that they had not been contacted.

There is frenzy around the matter. Nigerians must have a foreign coach. The important thing is that the coach is foreign.

His skills are secondary because those who would interview the coach are more interested in name and name of country. From the media, it would seem a global coaches conference would hold in Nigeria from where the coach for the Eagles would be selected.

We are either the first country to hire a football coach or we are setting new records for doing simple assignments. How do other countries hire coaches without indulging in this waste path?

The confusion is a proper reflection of the state of Nigerian football. There are also  contending interests bent on selling a coach to Nigeria. The dividends of getting a coach of their choice on the saddle include a hand in the choice of the team, with prospects of enhancing market value of players selected and commissions from the coach’s contract. The successful contractor gains attention of the football association as an international business person who can wade through the intricate webs of recruiting a coach.

Nigerians may await a foreign coach in vain. If the conflicting interests in choosing a coach are not resolved, just any coach could take the Eagles to the World Cup. The strategic bind of this non-decision is not lost on many.

What should really bother Nigeria is the post-World Cup era. Things are worse than the football association would like to admit as it fights for its survival in office. The exhaustive World Cup qualifying race unveiled some of the poorly guided secrets about Nigerian football.

The country’s game is suffering from skill shortages in players, coaches and administrators.  Excuses  that defended these actors have been exhausted. The time to confront the challenges would be after the World Cup, but the preparations start now.

Most informed comments on the World Cup suggest the football association should invest some of the goodwill of the World Cup qualification in the health of the post-World Cup game.

The association is famous for listening to itself. In an exhibition of its multi-task competences, it has begun a search for its own World Cup song.


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