By Eddie Akalonu
Former chairman, Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Brigadier-General Gregory Adebiyi (rtd) says the Super Eagles still need the services of a Technical Adviser to work with Samson Siasia who was recently unveiled as the chief coach of the national team.
Brigadier-General Adebiyi who spoke to Sunday Vanguard Sports at the weekend said he found it strange how the NFA chose Siasia over former coach of Togo and Mali, Stephen Keshi.
“Siasia is welcome but he needs an experienced foreigner to guide him on the job. Since the NFA decided in Siasia’s favour, I don’t want to divert issues for but I think it may deprive us from reaching our target.
Rather than employ a local coach, I think they should have gone for a foreign technical adviser or a good foreigner as technical director of the technical department whose job mostly would be to organise for lectures, seminars or workshops on continuous basis for our coaches. I think their action is faulty,” he stressed.
Continuing, General Adebiyi, an ex-footballer himself with the Nigeria Army team of the 1970’s who played alongside names such as Kenneth Olayombo, Ben Popoola said “though the NFA has employed Siasia as coach, we still need the services of a foreigner in the mould of Clemens Westerhof who can tutor Siasia on the real ingredients of the job..”
He said that if such a foreigner puts Siasia through a rigorous six months of tutelage, Nigerians will see a totally different Siasia.
General Adebiyi, who was a former director of the Nigeria Army Physical Education Directorate and also Sole Administrator of Oyo State Sports Council, noted that the country’s football needed someone from outside the NFA to be entrusted with the task of developing Nigerian coaches on a continuous basis in conjunction with the National Institute of Sports.
“If you ask me the nearest person I see who can handle this job for us now, it is Westerhof and I think the NFA should go for him without hesitation. All our coaches need re-education because I haven’t seen any of our coaches who has gone abroad on a straight six-month coaching course. That is what any indigenous coach like Siasia needs to do for such a high level job. What I know most of them do is go abroad for one, two or three months courses and that’s not good enough,” he stressed.