Saturday, 27 January 2018

NFF Has Failed Completely, Says Ex-Nigeria Coach

Former Super Eagles coach Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has expressed dismay over Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)’s appointment of former Sweden Women national team coach, Thomas Dennerby to handle the Super Falcons.
Onigbinde said the appointment was a clear indication that the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF has admitted failure in the area of training Nigerian coaches.

There had been public outcry over NFF’s hiring of a foreign coach to replace the coach Florence Omagbemi-led technical crew that led the Falcons to win the last AFCON title in Cameroun.
Onigbinde said: “The appointment of a foreign coach for the Super Falcons is admission of total failure by the NFF. Instead of investing more resources to technically groom Nigeria coaches, they prefer to spend it on foreign coaches.

"Because of lack of assistance on the part of the NFF, Nigeria have only few coaches in CAF training while countries like Ghana has produced 5000 coaches. The country exposes more coaches to international training.

“When appointing a foreign coach for the Falcons, did the NFF know much about his credentials? Does the coach know much about developing and working with Africa players? These are things NFF should look out for. It is really a shame that some of the foreign coaches I train when I was FIFA and CAF instructor come to the country to look for job. They are even rated than our domestic coaches. 

“NFF need to focus more on training Nigerian coaches because a country cannot produce good students if the teachers are half-baked. I have travelled round the continent and I do not think there is a country that has better players and coaches than Nigeria.

"The only problem is how to put the basic infrastructure to bring out the best. This can only be achieved through the NFF. 

"If the right step are not taking, coaches would continue to beg Nigeria-born foreign-based players to play for the country when we have abundant talents that are not well monitored.

"Looking inwards and impacting more knowledge to our coaches would go a long way in repositioning our football.”

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