By Ime Bassey
As the Super Eagles play Botswana today at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, former Secretary General of the Nigerian Football Association, NFA, Alhaji Sani Toro has said that the timing of the game will not give Keshi ample time to tune the team to what Nigerians expect.
He made this known in a chat with Saturday Vanguard Sports from his base in Bauchi, stressing that Keshi needs time to know the players very well before being able to deliver the goods.
“We cannot start assessing Keshi now with this friendly match because it would not really speak any volume of his tactics and managerial abilities. Also, the time he has to know the players is short, so for me, this match would not be better to assess him,” Toro said.
He expressed his thoughts on the appointment of another Nigerian coach, stressing that the best person to lead the senior national team should come from abroad, adding that Nigerian coaches are sentimental in their decisions on the touchline.
“Their decision to hire Keshi is against my ideology for our football. We all know our coaches are always sentimental in their decisions and actions, so I would have preferred a foreign coach to build our football in the right direction, because most of our coaches have football academy and they are players’ managers,” Toro added.