Nigeria’s Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has rejected the option of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, insisting that the trend of hiring and sacking coaches by the NFF must stop.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick had last week said the NFF will hire a foreign coach to take on the affairs of the Super Eagles as they aim to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after missing out on AFCON 2017.
The Youth and Sports Minister Dalung who spoke in Abuja to newsmen however thinks it will be an indictment on Nigeria to hire a foreign coach, implying that Samson Siasia will be left to continue his job as the Super Eagles head coach.
In his words,
“The hiring and firing of coaches is a problem, when shall we have an end to it? In my view, we place personal interest above national interest. You don’t access a coach with one match. You give him ample opportunity and generate correct data to access his performance.
“The hiring and firing of coaches just on one performance speaks volumes of senses of judgement and it does not augur well for our football. It must stop now.”
Meanwhile, Mr Dalung has reportedly told newsmen that there is no legal framework in support of funding of sports in Nigeria, arguing that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which receives a monthly subvention of N150 million and the now proscribed National Sports Commission (NSC) were strangers to the laws of the land.
The Sports Minister also disclosed that American coaches, Angie Taylor and Eric Campbell, who were earlier sacked have now been reinstated as High Performance directors for Nigerian athletes for Rio 2016 olympics.
Their contracts have, however, been revised as they are now placed on $10,000 per month salary as against the $15,000 salary they were earning since 2013.
Dalung said he reinstated them to save the relations between Nigeria and the US as well as to prevent the country from paying heavy damages arising from the breach of their contracts.