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Consortium Of Coaches To Lead Super Eagles

Oladipo Okubanjo

Apparently ruffled by the deluge of criticisms that has trailed its alleged plan to hire a foreign coach to replace the sacked head coach of the national soccer team Stephen Keshi, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), yesterday, revealed that the Super Eagles would be led by a consortium of coaches.

The Executive Committee of the NFF had last Saturday endorsed a recommendation by its Disciplinary Committee that Keshi’s contract be   terminated having been found guilty of breaching his contract by applying for coaching job of the Cote d’Ivoire national team and inviting a nonleague player to the Super Eagles fold for an African Cup of Nations qualifying match. The NFF had after relieving Keshi of the Eagles’ job mandated his assistant Salisu Yusuf and Technical Director of the federation, Amodu Shuaibu to take charge of the team in temporary capacity.

However, amid speculations about the NFF hunting for a foreign coach, the NFF President Amaju Pinnick reportedly had a meeting with former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh in London, with the aim of getting the UEFA Grade B coach to replace Keshi. Though Pinnick confirmed the meeting with Oliseh, the NFF boss, clarified that the former Ajax and Juventus midfielder could be part of a consortium of coaches being arranged for the Super Eagles.

Said Pinnick: “Yes we are meeting, but not just with Oliseh. It’s going to be a collective meeting with others. We are setting up a team (of coaches). “It could be a foreign technical assistant, it could be a consortium of coaches, but we see this as an opportunity to deviate from the norm. “We want what is best for Nigeria, that is why we have been speaking to a lot of people.

“We do not want to go through that usual way of collecting CV’s (curriculum vitae) and interviewing. We know what we want and we want to go for it.” Pinnick disclosed that the NFF planned to announce its decision late Wednesday, but the soccer body had yet to make known its decision at the time of filing this report

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