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Amokachi to NFF: "Super Eagles' problems are beyond getting a foreign coach"

FORMER Super Eagles of Nigeria's Daniel Amokachi has said he has no problem with Nigeria Football Federation hiring a foreign coach, but to insist that there are more pressing issues than that.
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FORMER Super Eagles of Nigeria's Daniel Amokachi has said he has no problem with Nigeria Football Federation hiring a foreign coach, but to insist that there are more pressing issues than that.

The Super Eagles' failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar still stands fresh in the minds of Nigerian round the world. The incident eventually led to the resignation of Interim Manager, Augustine Eguavoen, and the sack of the rest of the coaching staff.

With no current manager for the Nigeria football team, the NFF is in search of a replacement with words in the air saying it could be a foreign coach.

But Amokachi who represented Nigeria in 44 appearance believes there are more pressing issues than deciding if a foreign or local coach will be suitable for the team.

“A Nigerian or foreigner as the next coach is their [NFF’s] decision to make. But let’s not deviate by looking at a coaching solution from our bigger issues" Amokachi said as quoted by BBC Africa.

“We always react when we fail to qualify or perform at major tournaments because shortcuts will not get you results.

“Let’s sort all the fundamental issues of administrative problems - lack of planning and structure, our troubled domestic league, absence of a developmental youth programme, and retrain our youth coaches with modern methods - then we can start reaping the rewards.

“Anything away from tackling these problems, we will definitely return here to complain again next year.”

The 49 years old scored 13 goals for the Super Eagles of Nigeria during is time winning the 1994 AFCON and the 1996 Olympic game gold medallist.