Former international, Jonathan Akpoborie is yet to come to terms with the fact that Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, offered the Super Eagles job to Stephen Keshi.
Akpoborie said that the Pinnick-led board’s decision to use tax-payers money to send the coach on a capacity building course to update himself was an insult on Nigerians.
‘’I don’t know why the NFF should give him the job in the first place. And talking of sending him on a course is annoyingly insulting’’, Akpoborie told Sports Vanguard at Campos Square where he watched Imo State U-15 beat Niger state to win the Etisalat U-15 soccer championship.
‘’I’ve always said that Keshi has nothing to offer the Super Eagles. Giving him a two-year contract was glorifying failure. We’ve set a bad precedent by employing a man who failed to qualify for the Nations Cup to manage us for the next two years. Does it not show you where we are heading to?’’.
Akpoborie said that Keshi should not wait for the NFF before going abroad to update his knowledge on the game.
‘’He should have used his money to go and update his knowledge. Why are they paying him N5 million? That is what every serious coach in the world does. He should not to wait for a federation to bear his expenses’’, he said.
Asked why he was not taking advantage of NFF’s gesture of appointing former players to coach the various national teams, Akpoborie laughed and said that coaching was a calling and not a money machine.
‘’I’m not cut out to be a coach. I went through a lot of stress during my active days and don’t want another stress as a coach. Coaching is not just what you wake up one day and go into. Most of our former players who are coaches are there because of what they want to get. They don’t have what it takes to be coaches. That is why our football is in the valley’’.
Akpoborie said that part of the problems that would confront Keshi in his second coming would be the loss of respect by players. ‘’There is nothing as bad as when you don’t have the respect of your players. And that is the beginning of divisions in the team and the beginning of yet another failure’’, Akpoborie said.