The 6 Technical Experts in Qatar, assembled by FIFA Worldwide to bring Enhanced Football Intelligence (EFI’S) of every game includes Arsène Wenger, Jürgen Klinsmann, Alberto Zaccheroni, Cha Du-Ri, Sunday Oliseh, Faryd Mondragon and Pascal Zuberbühler. Wenger will lead the group.
The point this writer is trying to prove is that our own Oliseh is recognized by FIFA as an expert in the sport. So what is the basis of the argument or debate about the capability of indigenous coaches to handle the Super Eagles?
Recall that in Russia 2018 World Cup, Emmanuel Amunike was part of the TSG which also had great football minds like Carlos Alberto Parreira, Alessandro Nesta, Andy Roxburgh, Marco van Basten and Bora Milutinovic. Parreira was head of the group.
Those scared of hiring indigenous coach for Super Eagles are just interested in the shoddy deal involved in employing foreign coaches.
Part of this was blown open by Sven Goran Erikssen who in his recent book SVEN : MY STORY revealed how Nigerian football authorities asked that part of his salaries be paid into a Special Bank Account which led him to walking out on Nigeria despite accepting the offer.
If Late Amodu Shuaibu qualified Nigeria for France 98 and Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup…If Late Stephen Keshi qualified Nigeria for Brazil 2014 aside qualifying Hawks of Togo for Germany 2006 World Cup….and if all five countries representing Africa in Qatar are home grown coaches then, there shouldn’t be any argument about getting a home grown coach to handle Super Eagles.
© DESMOND EKWUEME