WHY NIGERIAN SUPER EAGLES DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH

WHY NIGERIAN SUPER EAGLES DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH

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WHY NIGERIAN SUPER EAGLES DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH

– Nigerian Super Eagles Don’t Need Foreign Trainer

– why Nigeria Should Hunt Young Players

 

WHY NIGERIAN SUPER EAGLES DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH
Axed Stephen Keshi and his old boys

WHY NIGERIAN SUPER EAGLES DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH

The Nigerian national male football team has come of serious critics of late following their poor running both within and off continent competitions. Last month, the green white green nation lost out of the 2017 African Cup of Nations as they failed to qualify from the group stage.

With that, Super Eagles’ woes have deepened, considering how they also have failed to make it through to the last edition of the African continental competition. Within the last five years, the Nigerian Football Federation has been faced with the core challenge of providing a lasting solution to the country’s football crisis.

One major and most prominent measure to this is the frequent employment of new coaches.

WHY NIGERIAN SUPER EAGLES DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH

With Nigerians complaining and demanding the signature of capable football managers who would end the country’s football under-performance, Coach Samson Siasia was sacked to pave way for Stephen Keshi.

The former, an ex-international of the super Eagles was sacked for failing to earn the Eagles an AFCON ticket. It was understandable that Siasia had fallen out with some of his star players including Peter Osaze and was out of favour with the NFF then board.

However, with the coming of former Togo national team coach, Stephen Keshi, the future of the Nigerian national football team seemed promising. Almost immediately, Keshi qualified the team for the 2014 AFCON and going all the way to clinch the coveted title.

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The victory and success was only short-lived. Keshi also failed at the eleventh hour to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Like Siasia, he was sacked too after a fallout with the NFF crew. Keshi’s departure saw the coming of ex- international, Sunday Oliseh who on employment had declared he was not coming as the expected messiah.

With only few months after coming into the scene, the former Super Eagles’ jersey number 15 wearer resigned duties after much criticism for less impressive outings. Under his watch, the Super Eagles seemed not good enough to scale through to the 2017 AFCON tournament.

Again, Samson Siasia has been brought back to succeed Oliseh, making it his second spell in recent time.

Sunday Oliseh, former Eagles’ Coach

It did not come as a surprise as Siasia has yet again to qualify the out-of-rhythm Super Eagles for Africa’s largest competition. With the current dead state of things, Naijapr understands that the football federation is keeping a watch outside for a foreign coach.

However, Naijapr does not feel that this is not the solution to the country’s present predicament. A retrospect to Nigeria’s spell with foreign coaches in the past is enough to tell how the country had not had a good time with non-native coaches.

A critical and in-depth look at the Nigerian football sector, it will be discovered that Nigeria’s problem is not the local coaches. And neither is the solution with the foreign trainers.

The problem perhaps, is weak legs of old blood. With a population of about 180 million citizens, Nigeria’s solution lies in the ability to discover talents that have the desired passion and drive to play football.

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Testimonies of how the country has recorded enviable success at the U-17, U-20 and partially at the U-23 levels should send the signal that opting for foreign coach not exactly what the football talented nation currently needs.

Moresore, with the present economic crunch hitting the Nigerian society, to spend huge on foreign coaches may not be the right option.

WHY NIGERIAN SUPER EAGLES DON’T NEED A FOREIGN COACH