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Onigbinde Charges Nigerian Coaches On Professionalism

Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor

Lagos – Adegboyega Onigbinde, a former Super Eagles two times coach, has enjoined Nigerian coaches to be more professional in their callings as it would help them  earn the respect of the coaching profession.
Onigbinde made statement against the backdrop of the poor treatment of local coaches and the preference of the Nigerian football administrators for foreign coaches.
“A good coach must do his job diligently and maintain some decorum that would ensure his image is not soiled before the players,” he said.
Emparthising with the coaches on how they have been relegated to the background, he said, “Many of the Nigerian coaches are my boys and I find it very difficult to say anything that will dent their image.
“I know what they are passing through. This is why I always advise them to be professional in their job. I hate to hear stories as “a coach collected money from some players.”
“But, this is because they are not well cared for by their employers and I know all Nigerian coaches are not bad,” he emphasized.
He was philosophical on the preference for a foreign coach by the NFF, “I’m not Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) adviser, if they know what they gain in employing a foreign coach, let them go ahead.”
In this regard, Onigbinde who got his first coaching certificate in 1961 reiterated that the local coaches should endeavour to keep developing themselves always and be abreast with modern football even as the football administrators may have failed in doing it.
“If the NFF cannot organise training and retraining for the Nigerian coaches, they should help themselves so that they can be current in the job; they cannot be coaching with the knowledge of how it was done donkey years ago.”
Thus, he concluded, “It is only regular training that can keep them in the market with their foreign counterpart.”