Sports minister Solomon Dalung has given the Nigeria Football Federation four weeks to submit a ‘comprehensive report’ on why they want to hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.
The sports minister and the executive board of the NFF met on Tuesday at the minister’s office in Abuja in a meeting that lasted for over two hours with the biggest topic of discussion centered on Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and the NFF’s decision to hire a foreign coach for the team.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick is insisting on a foreign coach for the Super Eagles following the failure to make the next Africa Cup of Nations after losing out to Egypt, but Dalung had expressed reservations about the decision, subtly expressing his desire to have Samson Siasia continue on the job.
‘I cannot put our World Cup hopes on a local coach. We need a world class coach who can reshape our football,’ Pinnick told the media in Lagos last week. But in an apparent reaction to Pinnick’s stance, Dalung had said ‘you don’t access a coach with one match. You give him ample opportunity and generate correct data to access his performance’, an apparent disapproval of the choice of a foreign coach for the team.
But at the meeting on Tuesday, Dalung demanded a comprehensive technical report from the NFF board, and gave them four weeks to present the report which is expected to contain the merits of hiring a foreigner, before giving his approval.