Sports minister Solomon Dalung will insist on a Nigerian coach for the Super Eagles going forward when he meets with the executive board of the Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday in Abuja, fcnaija has learnt.
The minister in a session with journalists on Friday, hinted his displeasure at the position of the NFF president Amaju Pinnick to seek a foreign coach for the Super Eagles after Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
In the session, Dalung had said: ‘The hiring and firing of coaches is a problem, when shall we have an end to it? In my view, we place personal interest above national interest. You don’t access a coach with one match.
‘You give him ample opportunity and generate correct data to access his performance. The hiring and firing of coaches just on one performance speaks volumes of senses of judgement and it does not augur well for our football. It must stop now’.
It followed Pinnick’s stand that he couldn’t afford to jerpardise Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Speaking in another forum with journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, Pinnick had praised interim coach Samson Siasia for the way he got the team playing and said no decision would be made on his future until they meet with the minister on Tuesday.
But speaking with another set of journalists only 24-hours later in Lagos, Pinnick said: ‘I cannot put our World Cup hopes on a local coach. We need a world class coach who can reshape our football’.
But fcnaija understands that Dalung will insist on a Nigerian coach when both parties meet on Tuesday, a development which could force the NFF to reluctantly offer a contract to a local coach, possibly Siasia.