Bitrus Bewarang, the President, Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA), on Wednesday said the idea of getting a new technical assistant for the Super Eagles was a distraction.
Bewarang said in a statement in Abuja that bringing up the issue when the team was preparing for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil might be a major distraction to the coach.
The statement said that Coach Stephen Keshi had met all the targets set for him by the Nigeria Football Association and should be allowed to see through his programmes at the World Cup.
“ I doubt if that speculation is actually from the NFA because I know that the NFA presently has the interest of Nigerian coaches at heart.
“I also know that the NFA has the aim of ensuring that the Super Eagles surpass all their records at the previous World Cups.
“So, the NFA should not be thinking of hiring any technical assistant for Keshi now, instead, it should respect Keshi’s wish of returning his former Assistant, Sylvanus Okpala.
“The NFA should support Keshi to the fullest to ensure that he presents a very solid team for the country,’’ it quoted Bewarang as saying.
“ We should not distract him in whatever ways. We should try to learn from the past.
“Those who are muting such an idea, should realise that Nigeria has never had it well at the World Cup whenever the country replaces their coach after qualification.’’
The statement then urged the NFA to put aside whatever matter that would affect the team’s preparations.
It added that Keshi should be given the necessary support to lead his team to the World Cup. (NAN)