By John Egbokhan
A presidential hopeFul in the forthcoming elections into the board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sani Toro, has okayed the redeployment of Shaibu Amodu as coach of the Green Eagles.
Amodu, who led Nigeria to another bronze medal win at the 27th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, was at the weekend, given the marching ordersÂ from the Green Eagles to local Eagles by his employers, who said they were not satisfied with his performance during his tenure as coach of the Eagles.
Despite being in charge at the time that the Eagles booked their place in the summerâ€™s World Cup in South Africa, a lacklustre display by the Nigerian team in Angola was enough ground for the former Orlando Pirates coach to be sent packing from his high office.
Speaking on the development, which many observers see asÂ overdue, Toro, once the scribe of the NFA, explained that though Amodu cannot be happy with his demotion to the Home Eagles, the facts on the ground have made it imperative for the contracting of an expatriate coach, who understands the undercurrent of managing a team at the World Cup.
â€œI do not expect Amodu to be happy with this development given his contributions to our qualification for the World Cup but Nigerians have seen through the performance of our team at the just concluded Nations Cup in Angola that we need to have an expatriate coach, who understands African football and how to improve the display of our playersâ€, said Toro, who outlined the qualities required from the next coach of the Eagles.
â€œThe technical committee of the NFF must look out for a highly respected, disciplined and sound coach, who is at home with African football. We do not need a journeyman because we are not going to the World Cup for a jamboree. We also need to look at the long-term contributions of the coach and ensure that he is keen to work for the development of our footballâ€, Toro said yesterday, on telephone.
He also admonished the technical committee to do a thorough job by ensuring that they shortlist only the manager who cannot be influenced by anybody or authority. Guus Hiddink, Bruno Metsu, Ratomir Dujkovi and Peter Taylor are on the shortlist of coaches being considered by the NFF. There are also Hassan Shehata and Louis van Gaal.