–Ex Nigeria captain says time’s running out on Eagles AFCON qualifiers
Former Nigeria captain, Jay-Jay Okocha has implored the country’s footballing authorities To appoint a full-time coach for the national side as soon as possible.
Daniel Amokachi has been in temporary charge since December amid seemingly endless contract talks between Stephen Keshi and the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).
A fortnight ago, NFF president Amaju Pinnick announced an agreement for a two-year deal had been reached and approved, but nothing has been signed as of yet.
Okocha, who won the African Cup of Nations in 1994 and a gold-medal in the 1996 Olympics with Nigeria, believes the on-going delays is an unnecessary distraction for the team and takes focus away from their preparations for the qualification campaign for the 2017 Afcon.
“We need to resolve this coaching situation quickly to prevent another troubled qualifying race for the Nations Cup,” Okocha said.
“Nigerians want to hear about the team, the plans ahead and not who should or shouldn’t be in charge of the team.
“Right now our focus should have shifted towards whoever takes charge of the team to enable us correct the ills of our previous qualifying series.
“We cannot afford to miss out on the next tournament, so we need to get the coach in to start work immediately.”