Engage world class coach for Super Eagles, Chukwuma tells NFF

Chidiebere Iwuoha


As Nigerian football fans await the arrival of a new coach to replace Finidi George in the the Super Eagles, a former vice chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chief Gabriel Chukwuma (Ogbuefi) has reiterated his call for a world class coach who is sound and knowledgeable in both African and world football and has made his mark in his previous engagements outside Nigeria.

” Nigeria is too big for minnows or Industrial Trainee coaches. Nigeria should be seen as a world power in football rubbing shoulders with equally big countries like Brazil, Italy, Argentina, France etc, therefore, only a world class coach should always be engaged to manage the senior national team,” he said.

On whether NFF can foot his bills considering the present economic realities, Chukwuma quickly replied, ” I am ready to contribute money to pay his salaries. And I believe, there are other football loving Nigerians who will be willing to join me in paying his salary to ensure we get the best for Nigerians. Even if it means going to President Tinubu to beg him for the approval of a world class coach, I will do it. Why I am concerned about this is that Eagles are in a precarious situation now and if care is not taken, they will not appear at the world stage and that will be a disaster for the Ibrahim Gusau led NFF.

“Again, I have been hearing rumours that the NFF is working underground to recruit one of the half-baked foreign coaches, that is not what we need now. We need those who have made their mark in previous engagements and no matter what it takes to get them, we should not hesitate to do that otherwise, our situation will worsen.

“Gusau has so far failed to get it right, so he should be careful with what he does now. The new coach must have what it takes to build a formidable team capable of withstanding any team in the world and avoiding religion, tribalism and collecting money from players in order to feature them which is common with most Nigerian coaches”, he concluded.

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