Exclusive: NFF Divided Over the Appointment of a Foreign Coach


A reliable source from the glass house has revealed to Nigerianreporter.com that the Nigeria Football Federation are divided over the appointment of a sound foreign coach that would manage the affairs of the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier slated for Russia.

This was disclosed via a telephone chat on Thursday of which it was confirmed that the football house wants a grade ‘A’ coach that could command respect from the players and set a good agenda of repositioning the nation’s dwindling football fortune internationally.

With the likes of Paul le Guen, Claude le Roy, Mark Wotte,Bonfere Jo,Clemens Westerhoff and Harry Redknapp lined up to replace former Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, there are indications that the NFF could likely settle for former Tottenham Hotspur manager.

However, a few sections of the Federation have kicked back against Redknapp’s choice considering the fact that he has no international coaching experience, except for club football.

Besides,they have backed Le Guen and Leroy who both understand African football going by their experience on the continent.

Meanwhile, former Green Eagles midfielder and 1980 African Cup of Nations winner, Segun Odegbami has cautioned the Nigeria Football Federation on the appointment of a foreign coach for the senior national team.

He believed that the move would not help the interest of the nation’s football but urged them to look inward.

In the meantime, Super Eagles Interim coach, Salisu Yusuf would be hoping to make the best out of the whole situation as he prepare the team for the forthcoming international friendly matche against Luxembourg and Mali respectively in May and June.