Eagles will soon get a new coach, Pinnick assures
NIGERIA Football Federation President (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, yesterday assured followers of the Super Eagles that the senior national team would soon get a new technical crew. But he acknowledged that getting a new coaching team for the Super Eagles has been a Herculean task.
Until the latest revelation by Pinnick, followers of the Super Eagles believed that Stephen Keshi and his crew, who took Nigeria to the Brazil 2014 World Cup and through the botched attempt to qualify for the on-going African Nations Cup, would continue to manage the team. This belief was reinforced when the Presidency reportedly forced the NFF to rescind their decision to sack the technical crew following the team’s inability to qualify for the Nations Cup.
Writing in his Facebook yesterday, Pinnick said: “Getting a new coach and technical crew for the Super Eagles has been a sensitive issue though I will say that negotiations are on going and in a strict manner that sooner than expected a new coach and technical crew will be announced to the Nigeria public.”
The latest development implies that the NFF may have finally resolved to go for a new coach. Since Nigeria failed to make the 2015 AFCON list, Assistant Coaches, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu have managed the Super Eagles in the absence of Keshi, who until this week was holidaying in the US.
Samson Siasia was dismissed after he failed to lead the team to the AFCON 2012 and observers have been clamouring for the same treatment to be meted out on Keshi.