Stakeholders urge NFF to dissolve technical committee
Says a foreign coach won’t succeed under them
As moves by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to hire a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles is gaining more ground, some stakeholders have suggested to the federation the need to dissolve the Technical Committee.
With the failure by the Super Eagles to secure a ticket to the 2017 AFCON, the NFF is looking forward to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The federation is already eyeing the services of a foreign coach to re-organise the Super Eagles. But some stakeholders say there are some stumbling blocks ahead.
At a forum in Lagos on Thursday, some of the speakers urged the NFF to take urgent steps by dissolving the Technical Committee because, according to them, the committee is made up of people with ‘selfish agenda.’
“I don’t think the NFF needs the Technical Committee any longer since the Technical Department headed by Shuaibu Amodu is in place,” one sports journalist stated at the forum.
From the days of Stephen Keshi to Sunday Oliseh as coach of the Super Eagles, the Technical Committee of the NFF had been seen as stumbling blocks in their day-to-day operations.
Though Keshi was able to play along with some officials of the committee, Oliseh could not stomach their alleged overbearing demands, hence his decision to quit.
To some of the stakeholders, it would be counter productive to keep the Technical Committee under the new dispensation, since the Technical Department headed by Amodu is already structured in a way that all national team coaches report directly to it.
Oliseh had recently accused the Technical Committee, headed by Chris Green, which has members such as Victor Ikpeba of imposing players on coaches, including himself.
“If this plan for a foreign coach scales through, there is need to strike off the Technical Committee because the coach will like to deal with professionals only and that is the Technical Department. This idea of a coach reporting to the Technical Director, (Amodu), while he (Amodu) reports to the Technical Committee and from there to the General Secretary and finally to the Executive Committee of the NFF will be too cumbersome.
Amodu, by virtue of his position, is not being allowed to function well because the Technical Committee is overshadowing him. Amodu should be allowed to give directives through his programmes and policies for the teams,” the journalist stated.
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