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Hire A Foreign Coach Now, Jaja Tells NFF

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 12:33 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

• Says Oliseh Is No Solution

By Tony Ezimakor  –  Abuja


Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been asked to hire a foreign technical adviser and shun potentially costly mistake of employing another indigenous coach.

Former Board Member of the NFF, Dr Sam Sam Jaja, who made the call in Abuja on the heels of confirmation by NFF of possible 5- year deal with  Sunday Oliseh, said that Oliseh was not the solution to problem facing the Eagles.

Jaja traced successes recorded in Nigerian football in the 80s and 90s to the deliberate involvement of expatriate coaches, starting with Manfred Hoener, Father Tiko, Otto Gloria, Clemence Westerhorf and Bonfrere Jo.

Aside the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations victory, which he discounted as a ‘flash in the pan’, Jaja said that the Eagles fortunes have plummeted since 2000 when indigenous coaches mounted the saddle.

“Since they (foreign coaches) left, our football has been going down and down. When they were here European clubs used to fall over themselves looking for our players. I have been saying it that we do not have the quality of coaches here that can give us kind of football we deserve. We have a plethora of talents whose skills needed to be brushed up, harnessed to a winning side, but how can we do this without a quality grade A coach,” he queried.

On reported discussion with Oliseh, Jaja expressed shock at the NFF: “I am surprised that NFF is discussing with Oliseh, I am surprised because I don’t know what they want to achieve by looking in the direction of Oliseh. I know Oliseh as a good football analyst; he was a good player, played football both locally and internationally, captained this country. I also know that he had attended coaching course, but I have never heard that he has coached anywhere. Yes, attending coaching course is totally different from coaching a team at any level at all.

“So I don’t understand how a man I have never heard to have coached at kindergarten, cadet or youth level or at any serious level at all will come and coach a national team such as Nigeria. I am really surprised they are talking to Oliseh. Well, I am not there. They may have facts and statistics that informed their decision but I want to believe that they are not making the decision out of sentiment,” he said.

Jaja said that Oliseh’s brief stint as a B Team coach somewhere in Belgium was not enough qualifying mark for him to aspire to be considered by NFF for the vacant Super Eagles job.

He insisted that indigenous Africa coaches lacked the technical depth to propel teams to meaningful competitive football at the world stage and cautioned NFF against needless trial and error that would further destroy the game in the country.