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5 Reasons Why Super Eagles Need Foreign Coach

After the Super Eagles failure to qualify for the 2016 African Cup of Nations in Gabon and with a substantive head coach yet to be named, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JOHNNY EDWARD offers five reasons why the Nigerian Football Federation should hire a foreign coach…

1. Battered reputation of Nigerian coaches

After the 2013 African Nations Cup triumph, the Super Eagles have had three indigenous coaches in charge and that hasn’t helped the team from a steady decline three years on.

Importantly, the reputation and tactical acumen which the foreign coach will bring to the Super Eagles will be an invaluable asset during what will presumably be a phase of restructuring.

The Nigerian coaches’ inability to qualify for the African Nations Cup for a second straight time has seen the country’s football at a crossroads. So hiring a technically sound coach could see the country instantly propelled back to the top with the right mix of talent, team bonding and NFF support.

The Super Eagles need a manager who can command the immediate attention and respect of the so-called ‘senior men’. Past coaches of the team have had issues curbing the excesses of these influential figures in the team which ultimately cost the team the AFCON ticket.

And of course not only can a foreign coach do just that, but can even inspire the likes of Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi Victor Moses, Elderson Echiejile and the emerging talents like Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho to become leaders and winners.

2. Tactics

Currently the Super Eagles don’t have a defined style of play. What has been noticed recently is that the team often times showed naivety and a lack of quality both in attack and defence and have relied heavily on some individual brilliance to pull through in recent games.

The Super Eagles need a coach who can harness the current crop of emerging talent and use them effectively in their desired roles.

For instance, Mikel Obi is a player who has been a key member of the national team for over a decade and features for one of England’s biggest clubs Chelsea and yet Mikel has never hit the heights he promised since bursting onto the scene in 2005.

Some blame his lack of tactical application in game situations and his inability to become a thinking player like the Okocha’s and Nwankwo Kanus of this world.

Having stretched the Egyptians above board in the first leg draw in Kaduna, Coach Samson Siasia team never looked like a team that had a plan B to outwit a determined and resilient Pharoahs side in Alexandra. The team needs a bench that thinks faster.

3 Nigerian coaches can’t be trusted in player selection

Under the watch of local coaches, the Super Eagles have seen players nowhere near as good as their predecessors called up to represent the country.

Whether or not it’s the local coaches who selects the players, they surely have final say, and under their tutelage Nigerians have seen players not deserving of a place in the Eagles training.

Coach Samson Siasia needed a massive campaign on Twitter to call up Nigeria’s most in- form defender Leon Balogun for in his list of 21 foreign-based players for the Egypt games but there were places for Aminu Umar, Stanley Amuzie who has played two games since recovering from a cruciate ligament injury for Portuguese Second division side Olhanese and U-23s skipper Azubuike Okechukwu who was handed his debut in a crucial game against Egypt.

Sunday Oliseh too brought in average players like Rabiu Ibrahim, Haruna Lukman, Izunna Izuchukwu and Sylvester Igboun. Stephen Keshi had his own low-standard players like Reuben Gabriel, Michael Uchebo and the like.

4. Indigenous coaches don’t know their best team

There are lots of examples of managers whose tinkering on the job works for them. It has certainly not worked for Samson Siasia and his predecessors.

At the expense of a more experienced Ogenyi Onazi and Elderson Echiejile, Siasia opted to start his inexperienced Olympic players Azubuike Okechukwu and Stanley Amuzie which cost the team in Alexandra.

He also started Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi on the bench in the second leg despite been impressive in the first leg in Kaduna. The duo would have fared better than Ahmed Musa and Aminu Umar who started.

This also happened often under Oliseh and Keshi.

5. Nigerian coaches’ inability to motivate

Past coaches have failed to motivate the invited players to the Super Eagles due to their methods in favoring one player to the other which has left most of them looking woefully short of confidence.

The past three coaches had a knack for calling up their favourites for games at the expense of players who could actually make impact in games.

That defeat to Egypt which finally nailed Nigeria was a good example of the Eagles coming off second-best in a majority of the duels; not making good use of the ball, even though they played a possession game.

In such a scenario, a motivator who employs strategies to increase team unity and create a ‘siege mentality’, which makes his teams stubborn in defence and ruthless in attack was needed. A seasoned European coach should be able to do it.

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16 Comments

  1. Reply Post By Rufus Orindare

    How can you honestly hold your job as a sprots reporter when you think of Rabiu Ibrahim and Uchebo  as  average players?  You need to ask yourself what foreign coaches have done for Cameroon in the past 10 years.  Judging by what you wrote, pretty soon, Complete Football may need foreign reporters as most of what Nigerian newspapers write is garbage.  Leroy is a big name. Right?  But since winning the ANC for Cameroon, what else has he won?  Ditto with Westerhoff for Nigeria.

  2. In sport,u win some and u loose some.Iwobi was not medically fit to start d match in Alexandria.Amuzie and okechuckwu played well in kaduna.
    Echejile reported to camp late.so he could not feature in d first leg in kaduna,also u can not change a player dat played better @ d expense of a so call big name day doesn’t command regular shirt in his club.As for Onazi,he was just coming from suspension and that could affect his fitness in a crucial match in Alexandria.U should still remember dat Amuzie and okechukwu did well in kaduna.Why did u not criticized Oboabona dat cost us d match in Kaduna to be replaced by Echejile and defenders will swap roles.pls d young lads Amuzie and okechukwu fid well in kaduna.
    A world class striker like Musa is unpredictable,he can score goals anytime,even in added time of any match.
    U cannnot just replace him in a hurry because he was a bit quite in d match.It is like to replace messi or C Ronaldo because d goals are not yet forth coming.
    My friend journalist,remember that we have nff technical committee on ground.experience coach like Amodu and others were there to advise d coach if the selection are bad.moreover u don’t know more than d coaching crew,u are not d coach,u are just viewing the team from outside.

  3. Reply Post By NaijaKing

    We need a foreign coach, foreign NFF officials and foreign media.

  4. 5 REASONS WHY THE EAGLES DO NOT NEED FOREIGN COACH. ONE OF THE REASONS WHY PINNICK DID NOT GET MUCH SYMPATHY FROM THE FOOTBALL FANS WAS BECAUSE HE WAS FORCEFULLY PUSHING FOR A FOREIGN COACH. THIS IS NIGERIAN DECISION. NOW THIS WHY WE DO NOT NEED ONE NOW OR EVER. 1) WHAT HAS THE FOREIGN COACHES DONE FOR NIGERIA THAT THE LOCAL COACHES HAVE NOT DONE? IS IT NATIONS CUP, WORLD CUP, OLYMPIC OR WHAT? WESTERHOF WAS A FAKE AND JUST FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOME GOOD PLAYERS AND THE MILITARY GOVERNMENT SUPPORTED HIM. AFTER EAGLES WHY IS HE STILL NOT IN FOOTBALL. ARSENE WENGER HAS BEEN THERE FOR LONG. SAME WITH CLAUDIO RANIERI. WHERE IS WESTERHOF AND BONFERE JOO. WHY ARE THEY NOT POPULAR IF THEY WERE THAT GOOD. 2) THESE COACHES DO NOT HAVE THE INTEREST OF NIGERIA AT HEART EXCEPT TO COME HERE AND MAKE MONEY IN $¥€£ AND GO AWAY. THEY SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME AT THEIR COUNTRY AND ONLY COME HERE WHEN WE HAVE MATCHES. EXCEPT WESTERHOF AND BONFERE JOO. 3) OUR COACHES ARE NOT GIVEN ENOUGH TIME TO STAY WITH TEAM. GIVE OUR LOCAL COACHES 5 YEARS WITHOUT BEING SACKED AND LETS SEE IF THEY WILL NOT DO WELL. PAY HIS SALARY AS OF WHEN DUE WITH THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE RULING GOVERNMENT LIKE THEY DID WITH WESTERHOF, THEY WILL SUCCEED. TIME IS NEEDED. HAD IT BEEN SIASIA HAD ABOUT 2 WEEKS TO STAY WITH THE GROUP OF PLAYERS WITH HIM IN CAMP, EGYPT WON'T HAVE SURVIVED IT. JUST 2 WEEKS. DO YOU KNOW THAT THE EGYPTIANS HAVE BEN TOGETHER FOR LONG PREPARING FOR THIS? 4) THE FOREIGN COACHES ARE TOO EXPENSIVE. NFF DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH MONEY AND CANNOT PAY THE CHEAPER LOCAL COACHES. SO IT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE EMPLOYING A MORE EXPENSIVE ONE. IT LOOKS FOOLISH INDEED. 5) HAS ANY NIGERIAN EVER GONE OUTSIDE OF AFRICA TO COACH A NATIONAL TEAM? SO WHY BRING THEM HERE WHEN WE CAN RUN IT. OUR MINISTRIES ARE RUN BY NIGERIANS. AFTERALL, HOW MANY COUNTRIES HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP? ONLY 8 COUNTRIES OUT OF ABOUT 210 COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD. SO LET US STICK TO OUR MADE IN NIGERIA COACHES. WITH TIME WE WILL GET IT RIGHT. WE ARE IMPROVING. SEND OUR COACHES FOR REFRESHER COURSES AND INTERNSHIP IN FRIENDLY CLUBS OVERSEAS. SO MR. JOHNNY EDWARD, THE REASONS YOU GIVE ARE NOT ENOUGH TO SEEK FOR A FOREIGN COACH. OUR COACHES NEED TIME AND BE TREATED WELL, LET THEM FAIL INITIALLY BUT WITH TIME THEY WILL GET IT RIGHT. THE COMBINATION OF SIASIA WITH AMUNEKE IS SUPERB. KESHI WITH AMUNEKE WILL ALSO WORK BUT GIVE THEM ENOUGH TIME WITH GOOD INCENTIVE AND REFRESHER COURSE WILL HELP. WE NO NEED ANY YEYE FOREIGN TODAY OR TOMORROW.

  5. Reply Post By Rufus Orindare

    Yes, we need a foreign coach, we got him and he just resigned because of ill-educated administrators running the affairs of the NFF.  You can imagine too that a guy who ran at the same time as Pinnick is threatening fire and brimstone if he didn't occupy a position that FIFA has recognized long tome.  He has just gone to court seeking an injunction where there's none.  You can then imagone if these kinds of marauders who don't understand what democratic elections mean.  And that's that.  The best thing that ever happened to the Eagles was  Oliseh..  He is highly educated and knows his onions.  He has recognized from the get go that we are lackning individually gifted players as we did in the 70s, 80s and 90s.  Same sentiments have been echoed by highly cerebral ex-internationals such as Segun Odegbami and Adokie Amiesimaka. In recognizing our dilemma, Oliseh called the best legs available and started on the path of team play without extravagant and excessive ball hugging that Africans are known for.  The lesson had already started sinking when half educated, white ass hugging administrators started their magic.  Previous Eagles coaches including some indigenous ones didn't give a damn about what happened to Nigeria as long as their salaries are paid.  Only Oilseh saw what was happening and left a job paying millions of Naira per month.  He could have stayed there and play along with NFF but the future of Nigeria matters to him more than any amount of money and so, he resigned.  If any coach comes and he allows the typical African manner of play, we will, in the next few years wish we had kept Oliseh.  Mark my words.

  6. Reply Post By Olaniyi

    Seriously speaking we as Nigerian need foreign journalist that are up to the task and most importantly foreign sport management that will observe and respect term of contract . Those that really believe in themself and that can give others the chance to proof themselves. We dont need pinnick or this jonny edward writing nonsenses for Nigerian to read please 

  7. Reply Post By Captain

    Mr JOHNNY EDWARD, you got it absolutely wrong here! Because going by what Samson Siasia could do with the boys within 2weeks of taking over, i think Super eagles do not need a foreign coach at this time. The boys played very well against Egypt, it was just hard luck that denied us qualification. These things happen to big clubs and national teams, even with world class coaches, sometimes big teams will play well and at the end of the day the underdogs will take the win. Super eagles played against a tough and well organised team in Egypt and it wasn’t an easy match for both teams. The boys gave a good account of themselves and also the coaching crew; you’re here judging our players and coaches. I think DJENIKO (here) and IZUCHUKWU OKOSI (pls check his article on the 7th April 2016) presented valid reasons why we don’t need a foreign coach now for super eagles. Pls let us rally round to support Samson Siasia to handle the Super Eagles job. I believe the future is very bright for super eagles if only NFF should allow him to continue on full terms.

  8. Reply Post By Omololu

    I am a fan of Samson Siasia of many years. I am not a fan of Oyibo coaches. But Siasia disappointed me benching Iwobi, Onazi and Echiejile, more established, experienced players, especially in a MUST WIN matches. Talks that Iwobi was ill to me is after thought as the guy didn’t show any sign of illness, not in Kaduna when he was only brought in to fulfill all righteousness, or in Alexandria or against Watford in which he did not only start but scored. Lets I forget, what was the need for flying Fernando Adi all the way from America when the coach knew he would not make any addition to his team. Let’s call spade a spade Siasia gambled with the two games and is unbecoming for someone who once lost his opportunity and had the chance to regain it. I am particularly disappointed having boasted that Sia1 was different and would only use our best legs. Musa Umar, Stanley Amuzie and Ahmed Musa (Alexandria) didn’t deserve a place in the team.Nigeria would have won the game in Kaduna by good margin had Victor Moses, Iwobi, Echiejile started.

  9. Reply Post By Rufus Orindare

    Oliseh's team would have won that game with rampaging Chikatara in the team.  Siasia's team was busy doing the same thing Eagles have always done which is the African pattern of showing off as Victor Moses was doing in Egypt.  We had already got a team made up mainly of homebased players.  They had just come from African Nations cup duty and like the Egyptians have played so many games leading to effective team work.  All Oliseh had to do was add a sprinkling of foreign based players in critical positions.  Instead of doing that, Siasia invited 42 new players 30 days to a major competition and the rest is history.  Note now that the Egyptians as well noticed by Pinnick himself had a mainly home based team with just 5 foreign based and we all saw what happened. 3 months to the 2002 world cup, Onigbinde too called up 52 new players.  It's the same thing being done all the time and we ex[ect a different result.  Oliseh was a breath of fresh air.  We threw a spanner in his work, rejected him only for FIFA to call him into its technical committee.  It's Nigeria's loss.

    1. What are you talking about?Oliseh chickened out because he was afraid of the Egyptians.
      Chikatara are not better than foreign based strikers invited.
      Remember dat Oliseh and his home based eagles did not even scale thru d 1st round of CHAN.
      You can not compare Egyptian league with our league ,it is far better than Nigeria league with good organization.Egypt home based players is equal to our foreign based players.Remember that Amunike,John Utaka,and some players played in Egypt before they played for big clubs in Europe.
      So therefore,don’t criticize Siasia for inviting 42 players.
      Only the few home based players can perform well in such a crucial match.At least u can see d result of Oliseh CHAN Eagles.

  10. Reply Post By Oshieke Francis

    Johnny Edward,I do not agree to your stance on Nigeria bringing a foreign coach.If you can observe critically well you will know that some African countries that have foreign coaches have not been exceptionally spectacular in their games.That tells you that hiring a foreign coach is not a sure bet for eagle’s reorganisation and success.

  11. Reply Post By Rufus Orindare

    Is that what you call it? Chicken out? Nigeria’s loss is FIFA’s gain. Oliseh is gone to a well organized organization where failing to plan is not an option. You need to direct yor criticisms to those who are there for estacodes only. They kept Siasia for 10 months and Oliseh for 10 months. If a man keeps changing wives every 10 months, he needs to check himself out.

  12. I agree with u regarding d NFF, they are d ones destroying Nigeria football with their approach.
    They are not organized at all.They don’t know nothing about football.We need our ex internationals like Segun Odegbami ,Adokiye Amasiemaka and others that have played d round leather game to handle the football house.
    As for Oliseh being appointed as one of fifa technical department,dat was not based on his achievement.May be his UEFA coaching certificate gave him d appointment.What has Oliseh achieved as a coach? Nothing of course,he was coaching 3rd division team in Belgium without success,even d last CHAN,he was eliminated in d first round.
    If coaching experience and achievement is FIFA criteria,Stephen Keshi would have been appointed in favour of Oliseh.But I agree with u if d Nff can allow our local coaches to handle d national team for at lest 3 years so dat the coaches can prove themselves like Clemence Westerhoof dat spent 5 years and achieved a lot withe super eagles.

  13. Reply Post By Orindare Rufus

    That's the mistake most people make.  What experience did Guardiola have before coaching Barcelona?  I understand he and Amunike got their EUFA licences at the same time.   You can see where Amunike is and where Guardiola is.  One is in Africa, the other is in Europe.  Someone trusted Guardiola to perform even without experience but what have we? Amunike is still coaching U-17 team.  When will we black people wake up and smell the coffee? We keep lionising Westerhoff and Bonfrere but both came to benefit from the work done by our indigenous coaches or who do you think tutored the boys at the old greater tomorrow and all other school sports activities before they came to the Eagles.  All of a sudden, these coaches are no longer good enough.  The 1996 team to the Olympics were already tutored by Bazuaye and 3 weeks to the competition, Bonfrere was brought in.  To do what?  Today, we sing his praises as the coach who won the Olympics for Nigeria. Bah humbug

  14. Reply Post By Dom

    The writer has got a point, but his presentation and reasons are dodgy. I would rather factor other aspects likely to have more justifications. Coaching the National team is not as easy as we might think. In clubsides the coaches have the time to work with the players and  change things around weekly for at least three months to get the results he is capable of producing. National team, maybe maximun of two weeks for the coach to convince young men playing in various parts of the globe with their different systems, ego and attitude to play together and win. It needs a lot of experience, tactics, game interpretation, opponent scouting, previous match anaysis and HARD WORK to get meaningful results. IT IS NOT THE COACHING LICENSE, it is hardwork. A good coach is a good coach. It is hard to accept, but if we are really truthful to ourselves, we don't work hard enough to get results and that is where the foreign opponent beats us. If any African Player works half as hard as his foreign team mates in his team anywhere in the world, we would be winning all the honours in the global sport. When once we get there, we are done with hard work, no more effort to work harder, just easy street. Yet the foreign counterpart , no matter what he has achieved already, will still wake up before you, get on the track before you, sweat  his ass out before you, be more disciplined in time and rules better than you. That is the problem. This is the truth, take it or leave it. If Nigeria can identify a foreign coach who has the capacity to change our team into a winning one, lets get him. He does not have to be costly, good coaches are not, for example Claudio Ranieri is one of the least paid coaches in the Preimiership. He just won it through hardwork and tactics. We all know, Jose Murinihio, Van Gal, Pep Gerdioula, Hiddink , Wenger or any of those fancy coaches who earning millions coud never have won the title with those boys at Leicester, not in a hundred years. We just  need a good coach with hard work ethics, experience, motivational skills, man management, cool headedness and smart tactics. Does any any Nigerian coach tick all those boxes?. This is the problem, to be or not to be.

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