By Richard Jideaka:
Former coach of Super Falcons and Warri Wolves FC assistant coach Samuel Okpodu has urged the Nigeria Football Federation to open discussions for a fresh contract with Manu Garba as Flying Eagles coach.
According to Okpodu, Manu and his assistants might not have met the expectations of Nigerians at the just concluded FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, but they were able to produce players who would turn out to be the future of Nigerian football.
The ex-Bendel Insurance FC of Benin winger stated that Manu and his crew did their best but that they lost to more exposed and experienced sides at the World Cup, adding that the NFF should retain the coaches and retrain them for the future.
"I think Manu and his crew deserve commendations and fresh contracts for producing some great talents for the country. They dont deserve to be castigated for not winning the cup. They should get another chance to correct their mistakes," Okpodu told completesportsnigeria.com.
"The NFF should know that continuity in coaching will yield dividends with Manu and Co going to the next World Cup wiser and ready to deliver. It will be injustice to relieve them of the coaching job of the Flying Eagles after their spirited efforts."
He also advised the NFF to re-engage the coaches with immediate effect so that they can begin the scouting of players that will form the next set of Flying Eagles.