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Employment of a foreign coach, a setback, Izilein

By Patrick Omorodion
As the Nigeria Foot ball Association con tinues to rummage  over the hiring of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, the action has continued to hit high decibels of opposition among football administrators and fans.

Many administrators, current and past have continued to lampoon the NFA over the issue with Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Barristers Adokie Amiesimaka and Nwabufo Obienu taking turns to described the action as one that will not help football development in the country.

Another administrator and former coach of the national female team, the Falcons and U-17 male team, the Golden Eaglets, Godwin Izilein during the week added his voice to the debate, stressing that the officials at the football house are merely chasing shadows.

“As far as I am concerned, hiring of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles is a setback. These foreign coaches will not add anything to our football but will just come here and take all our money and go away,” Izilein said on phone to Sunday Vanguard sports.

Arguing about the timing, the Edo-born coach said that any foreign coach hired now will need time to understand the players, adding that what was required now is a consortium of coaches to support Amodu.

On the performance of the Eagles at the Nations Cup in Angola, Izilein, who is still bitter over the accumulated allowances owed him for tinkering the Super Falcons at the 2004 African Women Championship in South Africa, said the blame should not be heaped on Amodu alone but to everybody linked with the team.

“Was Amodu the only problem, what about the players attitude, did they play well, how many days did he stay with them, three months at most. Most of the players were also distracted by people, including some journalists, like they did with the Falcons when I was their coach,” he alleged.

He said that as professionals, the players should know what to do because when the coach dishes out instructions, the players are expected to carry them out, arguing that the football association gave Amodu a mandate in Angola, to get to the semi final and he delivered on it.

He said he would not subscribe to handing the Eagles to Samson Siasia because the Bayelsa-born immediate past coach of the Flying Eagles is “still young and learning. He’s not a big coach yet.”

The former coach of the defunct New Nigerian Bank Football Club of Benin City said that real coaches are not ones who take already made players to competitions and wins but those who discover them when they are still in their raw stage at the grass-root.


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