Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has disagreed with the Nigeria Football Federation’s quest to get a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, after they were eliminated from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. National Under-23 coach, Samson Siasia took charge of the Super Eagles for the crucial tie against the Pharaohs of Egypt. Though the Eagles had more of the ball possession they failed to score more than one goal in the two legged tie.
This prompted the NFF president Amaju Pinnick to declare his desperation for a foreign coach. But Dalung who was speaking in Abuja refused to toe the line of the NFF, and with his speech, he seem to have backed coach Siasia for the job of leading the Eagles. “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,” said the sports minister. Meanwhile the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick is expected to meet with the minister on Tuesday and top on the agenda is the issue of hiring a foreign coach for the national team.