By Eddie Akalonu
Nigeria’s first U-16 World Cup winning coach, Sebastian Broderick and the former coach of Iwuanyanwu Nationale, Tony Ukeachu have stated that Stephen Keshi’s experience as a coach and player over the years would aid his success as the gaffer of the Super Eagles, saying he has the technical capability to return the national team to its former glory.
The two couches who spoke to Vanguard Sports in a separate interview also counseled Keshi to avoid the mistakes of his predecessors who depended overtly on players based abroad and fell short of expectations but should rather look inwards for players to build his team
Speaking to Saturday Vanguard Sports, Ukeachu who was also coach of Enyimba said; “I like to commend the NFF on the choice of Keshi because his record as former coach of Togo and Mali carry a lot of weight as he has distinguished himself as a world class coach.
“Keshi is a goal getter and I have confidence that he will deliver the goods, he said” adding that “for the fact also that the FA took the bold step to upgrade his pay from an initial N3m to the N5m that Siasia got is laudable. Given the kind of target Keshi is being given to meet, anything less than N5m would have been inadequate.”
He however urged the new coach to concentrate in developing local talents for the national team.
In his reactions, Broderick said; “Keshi knows Nigerian football inside out having played and coached here in Nigerian before going outside the shores of the country. More so, having been the captain of the Eagles for a long time, I believe he would deliver. The national team morale has been low since the ouster of the Guinea tie in Abuja and revamping it will be easy for him and his assistants because they all knew what went wrong.
“I think he would be able to build good relationship with the players that would in turn create a good ambience for the players to deliver because when players love their coach, they go all out to get the job done for him and themselves,” Broderick said.