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Maigari: NFF Must Get Foreign Coach For Super Eagles

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.”

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8 Comments

  1. Reply Post By Bishop Joseph Obiagunwa Okpara

    Maigari you’re so wrong. Because on your turned you hire some foreigners that coached the Super Eagles. I will like you to tell Nigerians what you achieved with those your employees then, until our local coach came in in person of Stephen Keshi and we won us the African Champions Cup in South Africa. Dulung is a Nigerian and he knew your emotional Laden’s was so wrong. Rather, you taught some of our local coaches cost you your job then, and these your comments and recommendation were only your own subtle ways of getting even with those your views as your enemies. Please forgive them. Because our local coaches are good and most of them have achieved a lot to show for it.

  2. Reply Post By Bishop Joseph Obiagunwa Okpara

    Maigari you’re so wrong. Because on your turned you hired some foreigners that coached the Super Eagles. I will like you to tell Nigerians what you achieved with those your employees then, until our local coach came in the person of Stephen Keshi and we won the African Champions Cup in South Africa. Dulung is a Nigerian, and he knew your emotional Laden’s was so wrong. Rather, you taught some of our local coaches cost you your job then, and these your comments and recommendations were only your own subtle ways of getting even with those you had viewed as your enemies. Please forgive them. Because our local coaches are good and most of them have achieved a lot in their resumes to show for it.

    1. Reply Post By AFOLABI DAVID

      He used Keshi to win the nations cup, yes that is mere luck, going through all our games, can you analyse how eagles played?, was it very good tactically? pls go back to all the match videos and see. For close to 4yrs keshi was still building. Largerback  hande Nigeria for just 2month to the world cup in South Africa and we all was a tactical Eagles(just for 2 months) if not for luck and Sanni Keitha error but I saw a very discipline and tactical eagles, since then tell me what has actuall gone right till date. Mikel is not playing to his highest level he play in his club slogish no direct pass upfront etc even when in a goal down we can see their is no urgency in their play.lagerback took iceland a country with no footblall history at all but now they will play in Euro even beating top teams like holland, i think czechs rep and many other even in an away match. a country who don`t posses talents like we do but made them a compact team that even England is afraid of today tell me. We need a coach who can impact knowledge,discipline and tactical know how in his team. our coach have really tried but their level is just still not enough yet to handle and high profile games and football of 90s is not the same today and our coaches are still even in the 80s so their is a big difference , we have only being gambling and sometimes it works but many times it has failed us. Siasia really tried his best no doubt. but we really need a good and experience coach now at this level.GOOD BLESS NIGERIA

  3. Reply Post By Naijaking

    Maigari is a fool. If Nigerian coaches are not good enough, what makes anyone think that the guys in the NFL are good enough for the position they occupy. They can not get companies to sponsor the the federation, they can not pay the coaches and the players what they are promised but the NFF is alway quick to blame the coaches and players but don’t want to admit that they are the reason the country has not been doing well in games lately.

    While searching for a top foreign coach for the national team, they shold also search for qualified foreign individuals (administrators) to run the federation, because it’s clear that the local administratior are not good enough to run Nigerian Football Federation.

  4. Reply Post By AFOLABI DAVID

    He used Keshi to win the nations cup, yes that is mere luck, going through all our games, can you analyse how eagles played?, was it very good tactically? pls go back to all the match videos and see. For close to 4yrs keshi was still building. Largerback  hande Nigeria for just 2month to the world cup in South Africa and we all was a tactical Eagles(just for 2 months) if not for luck and Sanni Keitha error but I saw a very discipline and tactical eagles, since then tell me what has actuall gone right till date. Mikel is not playing to his highest level he play in his club slogish no direct pass upfront etc even when in a goal down we can see their is no urgency in their play.lagerback took iceland a country with no footblall history at all but now they will play in Euro even beating top teams like holland, i think czechs rep and many other even in an away match. a country who don`t posses talents like we do but made them a compact team that even England is afraid of today tell me. We need a coach who can impact knowledge,discipline and tactical know how in his team. our coach have really tried but their level is just still not enough yet to handle and high profile games and football of 90s is not the same today and our coaches are still even in the 80s so their is a big difference , we have only being gambling and sometimes it works but many times it has failed us. Siasia really tried his best no doubt. but we really need a good and experience coach now at this level.GOOD BLESS NIGERIA

  5. Reply Post By Saint Palmer

    As of Today KESHI is the BEST coach Nigeria can show off and if you can get KESHI to do the job then get a FOREIGN COACH, If other well and better Technically and Financially  Organised country  can get a foreign coach for their football team why not Nigeria ?..they will hire another ex-player and after failing to qualify for 2018WC it will be back to the same story, whoever replaces KESHI with OLISEH ( AFRICAN GUARDIOLA) Should pay the price.

  6. Maigari is very wrong to call or advice Pinnick to go for a foreign coach. Very very wrong and it istreasonable offence to even suggest it. All the foreign coaches that have come to Nigeria are all fake including the so call Westerhoff and Bonfree Joo. These later guys were assumed to be successful ok but why did they just fade off after Nigeria. They are fake!!!! Look at Arsene Wenger is still going strong. Claudio Rieneri of Leicester City is still going strong aftervall those years starting from Chelsea. So Pinnick and his likes should stop this nonsense and appoint Siasia or Amuneke and let this matter rest. How are you going to pay him when you cannot pay a local coach regularly unless with fight after owing for several months. The Sport Minister will not even listen to him. I rest my case.

  7. Reply Post By Captain

    Siasia is the best coach Nigeria has produced in my opinion. I wish Keshi listened to my advice to stick with his resignation permanently from super eagles job after Brazil 2014. He was such a lucky man till the world cup in Brazil. But he proceeded with the team and now no country is interested in his services. He exposed his weakness by failing to qualify Nigeria for Afcon 2015, from a group that needed two countries to qualify, unlike the Afcon 2017 qualifiers. That was very shameful!
    Now, Samson is back again, and NFF & MR PINNICK are busy talking about foreign coach. Hmmm.. Pls somebody should remind this NFF board that we have won lots of trophies under their regime with our local coaches. Why will they opt for foreign coach now when we have some local coaches that can do the job? Sunday didn’t do well because he has no experience in African football, Simple!! And I blame NFF for making such decision in hiring him. Please we should give Samson full support. At least we can be sure of no more heart-attack football from super eagles. He has wealth of experience in both African and Fifa tournaments. And he has won trophies too.

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