Football is the only language these days that unifies Nigeria as a country. With different ethnic groups religions it’s time for a trophy specialist to step in and take the wheels to ensure Nigeria wins the next AFCON and bring unity to the seemingly divided fold.

Practically, it’s a vision that looks feasible and positive owing to bonds created when victories are recorded.

Presently, with the crop of players Nigeria is producing and consistently performing at their various clubs in Europe – Jose Mourinho should not have any excuses not to perform.

The Portuguese has the penchant for winning trophies and becoming successful wherever he goes. His records are there to explain things.

UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, FA Cup, Serie A, Copa Italia are some of his collections.

Jose Mourinho is among many as one of the greatest coaches in soccer (football) history, he has helmed top football clubs such as Porto, Real Madrid, and Chelsea.

Mourinho won 25 league titles and cups, along with three Premier League Titles over his 25-year coaching career.

His coaching style is known for being heavily influenced by psychology. “A coach must be everything: a tactician, motivator, leader, methodologist, psychologist.” To that end, he often tailored his approach to individuals on his team to get maximum buy-in. For instance, while coaching at Chelsea, he told Frank Lampard that he was possibly the world’s best player, but he needed to win championships to prove it. This appealed to Lampard’s desire to be the best and pushed him to play more for the team than for himself.

People are complicated in their decisions and motivations, but it never hurts to study psychology to get an edge. Try to figure out what makes your team members tick, and use that to your advantage to achieve organization goals.

One of Mourinho’s strengths is his ability to unite his team, and he achieves this by communicating his vision for the team and setting expectations for their behavior and conduct.

By communicating his vision and expectations at Chelsea, Mourinho set the tone for the team’s mindset and the level of performance he wanted from them. This challenged his players to rise to meet his standards and had the team playing at a much higher level.

As a leader, work towards becoming a better communicator and unite your team by articulating your vision and setting expectations for team performance. This makes it easier for you to manage your team members and ensures that everyone is aligned towards the same direction.

With the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Terem Moffi, Paul Onuachu, Taiwo Awoniyi, Victor Osimhen, William Troost-Ekong, Zaidu Sanusi just to mention a few the list is endlesss.

Cluelessly, Gernot Rohr has not won any trophy in his entire coaching career and there is no joy sticking with him.

We need joy, jubilation and happiness all over the streets, villages and cities in Nigeria.

Significantly, at this point Mourinho should be the man to lead us to the Promise Land.

What do you think?

By Uni Dan Kakwi


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