Rafiu Ladipo Tells NFF: Nigeria Doesn’t Need A Foreign Coach


President General of the Nigerian football and other sports supporters club, Rafiu Ladipo says the senior national team does not need a foreign coach.

Rafiu Ladipo is of the opinion that the super eagles will blossom under an indigenous handler rather than an expensive expatriate coach.

The Super Eagles have been without a substantive manager since after Sunday Oliseh’s exit in February.

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Samson Siasia and Yusuf Salisu have managed the team on interim roles, pending the appointment of a substantive coach.

The Nigeria Football Federation had announced Paul Le Guen on July 18, 2016 as technical adviser.

The Frenchman shockingly turned down the offer claiming the NFF did not meet his terms and conditions.


The NFF on their part denied ever offering him the job since he had not met their own terms ad conditions as well.

With the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers a few months away, the supporters club chief thinks the NFF should appoint an indigenous tactician as next Super Eagles’ coach rather than an unwittingly chasing a foreigner who won’t stand the test of time.

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Mr Ladipo told Goal,

“When they [NFF] were searching for coaches, we told them our stand that we need a Nigerian coach but they didn’t listen.

“Though a lot of people would say our indigenous coaches are sentimental, I agree with that.

“But it does happen everywhere too even among the whites. At a point in time, a coach would have his plans, have his own players, knows where a player fits and what system he wants to play.

“All we are saying is, if you bring a foreign coach and qualify for the World Cup, is he going to be in Nigeria forever?

“An indigenous coach will be here forever. Come to think of it, bringing an expatriate is more expensive than a local coach.

Ladipo – Nigeria Doesn’t Need Foreign Coach

“Again, if Jose Mourinho for instance is our national team coach and Nigeria is facing Portugal, will he be playing for Nigeria to beat his country of birth?

“Never! His first loyalty is to Portugal unless he is someone who doesn’t believe in himself and his country.

“If we eventually land a foreign coach, we should ask ourselves, will his salary be paid as at when due?

“Or do we think a whiteman would work for four months without being paid and won’t abandon the job?

“Whereas, a Nigerian coach would be owed close to six and seven months and still remain loyal and dedicated.

“Few months ago, Samson Siasia was calling for his five months unpaid salaries, can the NFF try that with a foreign coach?

“Most importantly, what will be our gains if we employ a foreign coach and our local coaches don’t learn anything from him?

“The foreign coach [Paul Le Guen] is telling you he wants to bring his assistants so how would our local coaches learn from him?

“Anyway, If the NFF can pay a foreigner as at when due, and let our coaches get attached to him to learn, no problem.

“But if these criteria are not met, we are not doing the right thing and moving miles backward.”

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