By Adeboye Amosu:
Former technical committee member of the Nigeria Football Federation, John Mastoroudes, has warned that a delay in the appointment of a permanent head coach for the Super Eagles could hamper the team’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The three-time champions of Africa are still without a permanent coach after Sunday Oliseh left the post after the side’s shocking exit from the African Nations Championship in Rwanda early in the year.
Former head coach of the side, Samson Siasia, led the Super Eagles against Egypt in both legs of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Egypt while
Oliseh’s former assistant, Salisu Yusuf, took charge of the team in their recent friendly wins against Mali and Luxembourg.
The NFF are expected to release a shortlist of coaches for the position of head coach on Friday.
And Mastoroudes has tasked the soccer house not to waste time further on the appointment.
“Not having a coach in charge of the Super Eagles is a big handicap in our quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia,” he told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“We are in a difficult group and we need do away with any form of distractions that could affect our chances of qualifying for the competition.
“It’s important that we prepare adequately for the games and the NFF need to sought out the issue of the techical adviser in time.”
Mastoroudes who came into limelight as the general manager of the defunct Leventis United in the 80’s also said it is important for the NFF to appoint a coach with reputable international pedigree and one that will command the respect of the players.
“The NFF must not only appoint a good coach for the Super Eagles, but one that will command the respect of the players.
“We need a coach with international experience that will be able to bring out the best in our players,” he stated.
The Super Eagles will face perennial rivals Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia in what is unarguably the toughest group in the Africa zone of the qualifiers and the Greek- born football administrator admitted Nigeria have only 25 percent of making it to the mundial.
“To be honest only 25 percent chance of qualifying from the group going back the quality of teams in our group.
“But you can’t rule out the fact that we always give our best when we have our back against the wall most times,” he added.