By Johnny Edward:
Ex-Nigeria international and current coach at Feyenoord Rotterdam Soccer School , Mike Obiku has urged the Nigerian Football Federation to hire a top foreign coach in order for the Super Eagles to return to the top of world football.
The NFF had named Salisu Yusuf as an interim head coach of the team for the last two games, in which he came out victorious against Mali and Luxembourg.
Obiku who spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com in Lagos, hopes to lead the Eagles from the dugout someday and insisted that Nigeria need a coach who is more knowledgeable about the modern game.
“It’s always going to be a pleasure and honour to be considered for the Super Eagles job, but many things must be right in my opinion,” Obiku who represented Nigeria at the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations began in a chat with Completesportsnigeria.com.
"A foreign coach will do better because they have more knowledge of the modern game and looking back at our history of not qualifying for the African Nations Cup consecutively.”
He also tasked the NFF to put themselves in order as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers kick-off in October.
“The manner at which the former coach stepped down didn’t show they (the Nigerian Football Federation) were organized,”
“But it’s not just about coaching alone; the organization in Africa should be different from what it is now."
He also reacted to the shock exit of the late Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaib.
“The death of Stephen Keshi is a big loss. He did so many things for the country; captained the Super Eagles to her second AFCON title and won it as a coach as well. While we were still mourning his exit, Amodu passed on which is so sad,” Obiku stated.
“Keshi had something different and special because he was a defender who was scoring goals and guided the team and setup the players where they should be at the right time during match situations in the simplest manner that everyone would understand."