No more Nigerian coach for Eagles – Pinnick

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President of the Nigeria Football Federation
Amaju Pinnick has declared that Sunday Oliseh
will be the last Nigerian coach for the Super
Eagles under the current board. Pinnick made
the position of the federation known while
speaking at the 18th Annual Africa Business
Conference of the Harvard Business School,
Boston, Massachusetts, United States according
The FA boss told the gathering that the
federation had reached the end of the road in
keeping faith with Nigerians as head of the
Eagles coaching staff.
He said, “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. “What we have learnt is that
there is a world of difference between being a
good coach and being a good manager.”
The Olympic Eagles coach Samson Siasia was
announced as a quick replacement for Oliseh
last Friday in what is seen as a temporary
measure. And with Pinnick’s statement any
thought of keeping Siasia for a long period as
the Eagles coach may have been laid to rest.
Oliseh and the NFF parted ways last week after
just eight months on the job. The former Eagles
captain made public his resignation in the early
hours of Friday via Twitter .
In his Twitter message Oliseh said he was
quitting, “Due to contract violations, lack of
support, unpaid wages, benefits to my players,
assistant coaches and myself, I resign as Super
Eagles chief coach. I feel fortunate, blessed and
eternally grateful for having had the honour to
play, captain and coach this great nation of
ours, Nigeria.”
The NFF members had first talked about getting
a foreigner as the Eagles coach soon after
asking the former Eagles coach Stephen Keshi
to go last year. Oliseh’s appearance on the
scene ended the talks about getting somebody
from Europe.
No name has been mentioned but if the NFF go
all the way, it may mean having foreigners in
the two senior national teams as the FA had
announced in February that they are in search
of a foreigner for the Super Falcons too.


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