â€¢ Says Siasia, Okpala also good
By Jacob Ajom
As Nigerians await the outcome of a post-Nations Cup executive committee meeting of the Nigeria Football Federation on Friday, a former international, Adokiye Amiesimaka, has called on the football house to stop the search for a foreign coach.
Speaking on the raging controversy over the fate of Amodu and the countryâ€™s South Africa 2010 World Cup campaign, 1980 Nations Cup gold medalist,Â Adokiye Amiesimaka said he did not support the idea of hiring a foreign coach. Rather, Amiesimaka advised the Nigeria Football Federation to look inwards when thinking of strengthening the technical crew.
â€œLetâ€™s for once look inwards. I donâ€™t believe in this foreign coach thing. We have competent former internationals who are today trained coaches and have proved their mettle severally. They should be called to handle the national team to South Africa.
He was angry at the system which ignores its best and tends to go for just any name from other countries because they were white.
â€œNigeria is the only country where former internationals are ignored. Go to Europe and elsewhere, they honour their own.
We ignore our own and honour foreigners because of their skin. Some of them never played to the level some of us played to,â€ he blasted, insisting that the country had very good indigenous coaches who can handle the national team and produce result.
Adokiye went further to give names of some of the ex-internationals that can lead the national team and do well at the World Cup. Said he, â€œWe have coaches like Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia, Sylvanus Okpala among others who have proven their competence at different times why not ask them to handle the team instead of looking elsewhere for coaches. These are people who are from here, played here and know everything about our players.â€
Adokiye warned that unless the football house went for a coach who understands the temperament and psychological make-up of the Nigerian players, it might be counter-productive to hire a foreign coach for the Eagles before the World Cup.