One time chairman of the Nigeria Football Association, Yusuf Ali is aware that the authorities are now searching for a technical adviser for the Green Eagles.
â€œThe greatest mistake they will make is to bring in a total stranger to Africa for the Eagles five or six months to the World Cup. I donâ€™t know why they couldnâ€™t react to correct things when it was clear we were derailing. Nigerians saw their matches and noted the flaws.
Only the football federation didnâ€™t see them.Â I think that we have some quality men who can do this job. I keep on talking about Sunday Oliseh because of what I saw in him when he was playing. He has the strong character to lead. He is principled. He is brilliant and a hard worker. They can appoint Oliseh coach even if it means bossing him with a technical adviser. I think that they should go for Oliseh now,â€ Ali said yesterday.
Presidential Task Force chairman, Governor Rotimi Amaechi had, before now, campaigned for a foreign coach or changes in the technical crew but the football federation vowed to work against that, saying that they would â€œswim or sink with Amoduâ€.
â€œAmaechi may have his plans but he is not the federation. I hope that you guys know how stubborn Lulu is. He will fight them to finish,â€one team official said of NFF President immediately after Nigeria qualified for the World.
But Lulu now knows what his seeming naive stance has done to his reputation and would not want to be sacrificed over a struggle that is against general interest.
â€œIt will not be proper to talk about engaging another coach midway into a competition. But at the end of the competition, we will sit down and analyze things and come up with the best option for Nigeria,â€ Taiwo Ogunjobi said. This was not their position before now. Ogunjobi is chairman of the Technical committee and one of the top four in the federation. The others being the President, his vice, Amanze Uchegbulam and Bolaji Ojo-Oba.
It appears all of them have now succumbed to the clarion calls for the technical crew to be beefed up if not changed. The search for a technical adviser has started and the sports ministry headed by Sani Ndanusa feels that the federation will lead the country astray if they do not intervene or compel them to see reason why fresh ideas will help Nigeriaâ€™s football.