President of the Nigerian Football Federation NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, at the weekend said that the federation had reached the “last bus stop” in keeping faith with local coaches and has resolved to hiring international coaches for the Super Eagles.
This is coming after Sunday Oliseh resigned as the head coach of the Super Eagles in the early hours of Friday morning. He was in charge of the senior national team for seven months during which he played 14 games and lost two. One of the losses was against Guinea, which led to the elimination of Nigeria at the group stage of CHAN 2016 in Rwanda.
Sunday Oliseh, until his resignation on Friday, was one of the two ex-internationals who have been appointed to coach the senior national team.
Stephen Keshi, the other ex-international, led the team to win an African Cup of Nations in his first stint at South Africa 2013, but failed to qualify Nigeria to defend the same trophy two years after.
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Pinnick made this resolve known while fielding questions at the colloquium organised as part of the 18th Annual Africa Business Conference of the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He declared;
After this Sunday Oliseh debacle, we have definitely turned the corner. We are now going to start shopping for a well grounded and qualified foreign coach to tinker the team. Enough is enough.
Pinnick stressed that there was a big difference between a good coach and a good manager,
What we have learnt is that there is a world of difference between being a good coach and being a good manager.
However, Samson Siasia has been appointed as the interim caretaker manager for the Super Eagles as they prepare for the AFCON 2017 qualifier with Egypt next month.
Although there have been speculations that the NFF leadership was looking in the direction of French man Harve Renard, sources reveal that Nigeria is gunning to hire a top European manager.
Pinnick however did not reveal the identity of who was in the radar of the NFF at the Harvard confab.