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You can’t send a team out without a coach, Rufai

By Jacob Ajom
Former Nigerian international, Peter Rufai, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation to set the ball rolling on the employment of a substantive coach for the national team before the international friendly against Paraguay in London next month.

Bolaji Ojo-Oba

Reacting to the report credited to the NFF scribe, Bolaji Ojo-Oba, that he would personally select players for the friendly, Rufai said, “It’s never done. You cannot send troops to the warfront without a general. It’s never heard of in the history of football where a team would go for an international match without a coach.”

The former Nigeria goalkeeper said he was getting confused over the goings on in the glasshouse because some of the coaches shortlisted for interview have said they have not been contacted. “So where have all the stories been emanating from?” Rufai asked.

He said the football house must organise itself as a serious organisation so that people can take them serious. “Is it not baffling that we can still find ourselves in this kind of situation with the World Cup just around the corner.”
On the position of erstwhile coach of the national team, Shaibu Amodu, Rufai said, the Edo- born coach should speak up. “Amodu should speak up so that Nigerians can know his position. For now we do not know whether he would take the job of handling the home-based Eagles. He needs to clear issues on this.”

On his part, former Nigeria international, Yisa Sofoluwe said it was up to the NFF to decide what they feel was the best for Nigeria. “Let them do whatever they like. They are the people running football in this country. I am tired of talking about them. I will just be looking at them till after the World Cup,” an evidently frustrated Sofoluwe said when contacted for comments on the issue of new coach for Nigeria.


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