By Adebayo Williams
A former handler of the Super Falcons Godwin Izilien has said that the pursuit of a foreign coach by the Nigeria Football Federation is totally unnecessary and a waste of funds. He said the coach would spend quality time trying to know the players and may not achieve the mission of qualifying them for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He also slammed the decision has a disrespect to local coaches.
"This is because the foreign handler will not have quality time to know the players and their mentality,’’ he said. Izilein, also a former coach of the Golden Eaglets, said appointing a foreign coach was equally an unnecessary waste of fund and shows lack of respect for Nigerian coaches.
"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.
"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 of 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," he said.
He recommended that the NFF should appoint three to four indigenous coaches for the team. Izilien said the coaches would complement each other and qualify the team for the World Cup. He also said that the federation should create a conducive working environment for the team.
The Super Eagles have been placed in Group B of the qualifying series alongside Zambia, Algeria and Cameroon.