29 June 2016
A former coach of the Super Falcons, Godwin Izilein, has warned against the appointment of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, at least for now.
Izilein said in Benin in Wednesday that the appointment of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles now, might cost the country qualification for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
He said: “this is because the foreign handler will not have quality time to know the players and their mentality.’’
Also a former coach of the Golden Eaglets, Izilein said appointing a foreign coach was equally an unnecessary waste of fund and would show lack of respect for Nigerian coaches.
He stressed: “I don’t know what this rush for a foreign coach is all about, when we do not have time on our hands for the qualification games for Russia 2018.
“The national football authorities must understand that a coach who knows his onions needs not less than a year to know the players and their mentality.
“He will then need also another year to put a good team in place.
“And, again, I consider the amount that will be wasted on hiring a foreign coach as unnecessary, especially against the background of the consistent lamentation by Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) of paucity of funds.
“It also shows lack of respect for Nigerian coaches because I believe that we have quality coaches with high technical ability to manage the Eagles well and even ensure their qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
“Should they (NFF) be in doubt of the abilities of a particular coach, I will suggest that NFF engages the best three to four indigenous coaches to handle affairs of the team.
“This suggestion is based on the fact that the three coaches cannot all make mistakes at the same time. Where one is deficient, the other will come in handy.’’
Izilein added that what the indigenous coaches needed to perform optimally was an environment devoid of undue interference and the right motivation.
“If you provide for the indigenous coach the same environment and motivation provided for the foreign one, he will definitely perform,’’ he said.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles have drawn Zambia, Algeria and Cameroon in Group B of the Africa Zone Qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.