Chris Eseka, FIFA Licensed Players’ Agent, has asked the Board of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to resign for failing to qualify the country for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
He criticised the NFF for wanting to hire a foreign coach on the premise that a foreign coach was not the solution to the dwindling fortune of the team.
He said that the Amajiu Pinnick led NFF does not have the capacity to manage Nigerian football.
“I’m looking beyond the hiring of a foreign or local coach for Nigeria; that is not the issue. The truth is that the present board does not have the capacity, whether financial or otherwise to manage Nigerian football.
“I’m not joining issue with the President (Pinnick). I’m looking at the board holistically; there is nobody in the board that has the capacity to effect a change in Nigerian football,” Eseka said bluntly.
Eseka advised that, “The NFF Board should be bold to tell Nigerians they are sorry for the failure to qualify for the Nations Cup and then resign because the job is beyond them, simple.”
The Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, after Nigeria’s Nations Cup exit over the weekend in Abuja said ythat the internal crisis in the NFF, and the resignation of Oliseh just two weeks to the crucial games against Egypt, were responsible for the ouster.
While Nigerians will have to wait till 2019 before dreaming of having the Eagles participate in the Nations Cup finals to be hosted by Cameroon, uncertainty reigns on whether the country can qualify for the 2018 World Cup as qualifiers commence later in the year.
It was against this backdrop that the NFF President who has penchant for foreign coach once said as it was the clamour now, “We are not going for low quality coach this time around.
“We are shopping for a sound coach who will present before us a comprehensive programme of how he intends to turn around the Super Eagles as well as the Nigerian league,” Pinnick told Vanguard.
“Our choice of a foreign coach would be one who will be ready to look into the league, travel to Warri to watch Warri Wolves, to Lafia to watch Nasarawa United, etc.
“Any experienced foreign coach will certainly value his name more than the money he is to earn. He will invite and pick the best of players and that is what we are going to give Nigerians with the coming of a new foreign coach in our mind.”