By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with the executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, former president of the country’s football governing body, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, has advised the Minister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung to support the planned bid to contract a foreigner as coach of the Super Eagles.
According to Maigari, having tried the best of the local coaches over the past six years with minimal success, it becomes glaringly clear that the senior national requires a top coach from Europe to lead the Super Eagles to glory.
“I learnt the minister of sports is not in support of hiring a foreign coach for the Super Eagles and is set to direct the NFF to appoint a Nigerian coach that will lead the team after the exit from the Africa Cup of Nation billed 2017 in Gabon but I want to advise the minister to tread with caution and allow the NFF to decide,” Maigari told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“The Super Eagles need a foreign coach to move up to the next level. The senior national team in my opinion has grown bigger than Nigerian coaches and the minister should respect whoever the NFF choose to handle the Eagles. Our coaches have tried their best in handling the Super Eagles but it is obvious that their best is not enough.
“For the Eagles to dominate Africa again, we need a foreign coach who would harness the emerging young talents we are blessed with. We need a coach that will not be biased or sentimental in selecting his team, a coach that will be above board and very disciplined. The bane of our local coaches is discipline and poor reading of the game.”
The former NFF boss under whose tenure the Super Eagles won the Africa Cup of Nations with Stephen Keshi as head coach, insists that the excuse that there is no money to pay a foreign coach does not hold water if the federation get their priorities right and if they get more sponsors for their programmes.
Maigari added: “I am appealing to the federal government through the sports minister to allow the NFF hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles and we shall see the difference. The minister should guide them and ensure that the foreign coach be employed should be a very good coach capable of adding value to our football.”