Foreign Coach or Not, Nigeria Decides Today

by on April 5, 2016
Whether the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) will hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, will be known after the scheduled meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung today.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, last week gave a strong indication that the employment of a foreign manager for the national team will be confirmed today.
Former Oman and Cameroon national team coach, Paul Le Guen, has been touted as the NFF choice for the job, even as there are indications that some members of the NFF board are not in support of the move to bring a foreigner to coach the Super Eagles.
Dalung, whose body language recently suggested that he is not impressed with the idea of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, had frowned at the high turnover of coaches for the national team.
Aside the employment of Frenchman Le Guen, the NFF is expected to submit the report of the bungled 2017 Africa Nations Cup qualifiers to the minister, as well as the plan of action toward the World Cup qualifications.
The minister had dismissed Pinnick’s statement that a foreign coach will be named this week as mere rumour as he had not been briefed.
“Whatever they have said now about coaches are not to be taken seriously until after our meeting on Tuesday. I think what they are doing is trying to test the opinion of Nigerians on the issue of foreign coach.
“This is because as far as I am concerned, there has been no decision on that and Coach Siasia still remains the Super Eagles coach until we meet on Tuesday. I need also to be carried along and be convinced on why we will need a foreign coach.” Dalung said.
He explained that today would try to look at the causes of repeated failure in football, internal squabbles which had been affecting the administration of the game in the country.
There are fears of the unexpected as the NFF may be forced to forget the hiring of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles and look inwards for a coach

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