Exclusive: Foreign Coach Not Super Eagles’ Problem – Sports Minister, Dalung


Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung has once again poured cold water on the Nigeria Football Federation’s move to hire a foreign coach that will manage the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Nigerianreporter.com can confirm.

The decision of the glass house to employ an expatriate that will be able to move the nation’s football forward, most especially, the senior national team has become a theme song that seems to be unstoppable.

This was further encouraged when interim coach, Samson Siasia failed to qualify Nigeria for the 2017 AFCON slated for Gabon after the team lost 1-0 to the Pharaohs of Egypt in Alexandria last month (March).

Already, foreign coaches such as Clemens Westerhof, Paul Le Guen, Mark Wotte, Jo Bonfrere and Claude Le Roy have all indicated interest in managing the Super Eagles.

Westerhof (L) Le Roy (C) Paul (R)

With a final decision yet to be reached, it is yet to be seen whether both parties will be on the same page considering the fact that, the NFF president, under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick has vehemently requested for a change of the baton, by pushing for a foreign coach to manage the senior national team while the sports minister has rejected such a move.

However, Dalung who has been sad with the NFF’s frequent change of coaches, has revealed that the Super Eagles’ problems won’t be changed with the hiring of a foreign coach if the football house fails to put their house in order.

On Wednesday, the Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation appointed the duo of Shaibu Amodu and Salisu Yusuf to manage the Super Eagles on an interim basis. They have been saddled with the responsibility of managing the team’s two international friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg in May and June respectively.