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Coaches Association Flays Tade Azeez

Posted: May 6, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA) has described Tade Azeez, the President of the Nigeria Football Referees Association (NFRA), comment on local coaches as unfortunate and a display of mediocrity. In a release in Abuja, Bitrus Bewarang, the President of Nigeria Football Coaches Association, expressed disappointment at Tade’s description of coaches as businessmen, who favoured only their players. He was also surprised that the referees’ president also called for the engagement of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles at a time when Nigerians were advocating for patronage of goods and services made in Nigeria. Bewarang acknowledged the roles Clemence Westerhof and Bonfrere Jo played as foreign coaches engaged for the Super Eagles in the past, but admitted that the coaches enjoyed huge privileges. “The secret of their success especially Westerhof is that they had luxury of time to prepare for the achievement they made. “It is clear that foreign coaches are usually over priced and given the required tools and environment to operate while in the contrary, the indigenous coaches are treated with ignominy.” He added that the indigenous coaches, despite the poor working conditions have exhibited high sense of patriotism and it was on record that they ranked among the most successful coaches globally. He reminded critics that the Dream Team (Under 23) is preparing for the Rio Olympics under the tutelage of an indigenous coach. “Let me ask some questions, who trained our past and present players like Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia, Sunday Oliseh, Garba Lawal, Austn Okocha, Tijani Babangida, Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo, Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa, Vincent Enyama and many more too numerous to mention,” Bewarang queried. He added that the Nigerian Coaches would continue to give their best in any capacity they find themselves and also strive to improve with every opportunity they have. The coaches’ president counseled the referees to be focused and work on the improvement of their members who have been ridiculously excluded from virtually all the World Cups over the years.