By Richard Animam
Immediate past captain of the Super Eagles, Austin â€˜Jay Jayâ€™ Okocha has joined in the train of those who believe the national team deserves a technical man who could offer the players better techniques at the World Cup than Shaibu Amodu.Speaking to Saturday Vanguards Sports on telephone in Lagos Thursday, Okocha said though he doesnâ€™t have anything against indigenous coaches, he believes the Eagles need a quality coach to get the best out of them.
â€œI think the team need a foreign coach. Itâ€™s not that I have anything against our local coaches but one thing is certain, I think to get the best out of our players, we need a quality coach, because the players have been working with quality coaches in their clubs, he said.
On the kind of foreign coaches the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF should go for, Okocha said that the one that should be contracted is one who understands the mentality of the players as well as their strengths and weaknesses.
â€œFirst of all my concern is that the NFF do not always consult or get the ex internationals involved when it comes taking this kind of decisions. It also good to make the right selection.
My opinion is that we should get a top class coach, a coach that knows our mentality, strength and weaknesses, a coach that is ambitious and can achieve something for Nigeria. I donâ€™t have any coach in mind but there are so many coaches out there, it all depends on our approach,â€ he said.
Asked about his perception of the team Amodu paraded in Angola and if he thinks they are good enough for the World Cup, Okocha said, â€œOf course we have a team, we all know that we have a lot of talents in this country. My opinion is that we have enough players to work with but itâ€™s just about making the right selection or choice.â€
The former Bolton Wanderers of England captain said that the Eagles performance in the semi final of the Nations Cup was awful, stressing that â€œif we play like that in the World Cup, it will be a disaster,â€ adding that it takes the guts of a young man to criticise Amoduâ€™s pattern of play the way Osaze Odemwingie did.
Asked if he thinks he can help change the NFF if he gets into the Board, Okocha said, â€œI have not said I am going into the NFF, my concern is the repositioning or revival of our football.â€