March 10, 2010

Why we picked Lagerback, by Ekeji

By Fidelis Ebu, Abuja
Lars Lagerback’s towering credential as a dev elopement coach might have aided his being chosen from the lot to pilot the affairs of the Eagles’ at the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.


Chief Patrick Ekeji, the Director_General of National Sports Commission while declaring open yesterday the Nigeria Football Federation organised seminar for Nigerian coaches at the Fifa Goal Project, threw more light on what informed the panellists to hire Lagerback as the Eagles’ new Technical Adviser.

“Lars Lagerback is a much organised coach whom we see as having the ability to take Nigeria ’s football to the next level”, Chief Patrick Ekeji said.

He pointed out that, “Before Lagerback was interviewed on the last day of the one_week interview, Glen Hoddle was top among those interviewed. But the coming of Lagerback changed the whole exercise, forcing the interview panel to go for him.“During the interview session, Lagerback impressed with his developmental plans, which Hoddle did not have.

“Glen was better than the rest of the coaches earlier interviewed, but Lagerback who came on the last day of the interview was the best. He is an organised coach and we engaged him not only for the present assignment, which is the 2010 World Cup”, Chief Ekeji said.

Ekeji, who was the special guest of honour, however commended the NFF for organising the seminar for Nigerian coaches to enrich themselves, and said the seminar was in line with the policy of the current NSC leadership, which is out to develop sports at the grassroots level.

In his remark, NFF President Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi appealed to Nigerian coaches to support and assist Lagerback to take Nigerian football to greater heights.

He also informed that the seminar is one of the series of training programmes being packaged by the Federation to develop Nigerian coaches.