Ex-Super Eagles’ players have pointed the way forward for the underperforming national team. They argued that appointing a competent coach will go a long way in returning the Eagles to winning ways.
Former striker, Jonathan Akpoborie, said on Monday in Lagos that it had become necessary to appoint a permanent coach for the team.“There should be no stop gap measures in the appointment of a substantive coach for the Super Eagles.
“The situation will encourage indiscipline among players since they know that the coach’s appointment is on a caretaker basis,” Akpoborie told the News Agency of Nigeria.
“The current stand_in coach, Austin Eguavoen, is in an unenviable situation where he cannot impose himself on the players because of the temporary nature of his job.
“Knowing fully well that the job is on a temporary basis, he would not be able to concentrate properly.”
Super Eagles USA ’94 midfielder, Thompson Oliha, said in a telephone chat that it was time for the country to address the critical issue of a coach once and for all.
“The standards usually associated with Nigerian football are fast disappearing and we need to restore them.
“We have wasted too much time on this issue; we have a pool of competent coaches who can do the job once given the nod to do so.
“It is time we restore some finesse and pride to our football and move it out of the current stagnation,” Oliha said.
Joseph Dosu, goalkeeper of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics gold winning team, expressed the view that the position had been left vacant for too long.
He said the best person for the job should be appointed so that some other more urgent issues in the nation’s football could be looked into.
“We have dwelt on this issue for too long. In other places what we have elevated to the level of a national debate is routinely handled.
“Everyone seems to prefer Samson Siasia for the job but it is only the NFA that can effect such an appointment,” Dosu added.
Also contributing, the President General of Nigeria Football Supporters Club Worldwide (NFSCW), Rafiu Ladipo, said the issue was affecting the team.
“The ongoing crisis is impacting negatively on our football; the sooner we address the issues raised, the better for our football.
“But this development should not be an excuse for our players to under_perform, the way they did against Guinea.
“We had the quality but the Guineans prevailed through commitment.
By the time we rallied round in the second half it was to no avail.“The moment the NFA board is put in place, I expect this coaching issue to be the number one item on their agenda.