Super Eagles to wait longer for new coach
Plans of naming a substantive coach for the Super Eagles on or before an earlier set deadline of October 1, 2010 is no longer feasible, the acting head of the Nigeria Football Federation Musa Ahmadu has said.
“In all honesty, I do not see us having a coach that will be contracted on a long term basis before the earlier set target of October 1st 2010 giving the circumstances surrounding the elections; the decision taken by the court to annul it and all that,” he said.
Ahmadu, who is currently in charge of affairs at the NFF however revealed that the football house will be relying on stand-in coach, Augustine Eguaveon to lead the Eagles when they take on the Syli Stars of Guinea on October 10 – in their second game of the ongoing Africa Nations Cup qualifiers in Conakry.
“The problems notwithstanding, the preparation for the second game against Guinea in Conakry will go on as we will be talking to the interim coach to see if the previous arrangement that we have on ground can still go on and I am sure as a matured person he would look at it and oblige us,” he said.
The Super Eagles have been without a coach since the departure of Swede, Lars Lagerback who did not return to his duty post after the disappointing outing at the South Africa 2010 World Cup.
The previous board of the NFF had earlier held negotiations with Heartland Coach Samson Siasia and looked set to name the Beijing Olympics Silver winning coach as manager of the Eagles before disagreements over wages put the deal on hold.
While Siasia requested for a $100,000 monthly salary and a signing-on fee, the NFF offered him a monthly salary of $20,000. The situation however took another dimension as the now suspended board announced that will advertise the Super Eagles coaching post rather than stick with Siasia.
Meanwhile, former Super Eagles player Garba Lawal has advised that the NFF should be proactive in resolving the appointment of a coach for the team . According to Lawal, a prompt decision will go a long way in keeping the team focused as they seek qualification for the 2012 Nations Cup to be jointly hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
“Sincerely I am not happy when we waste so much time in naming coaches for our teams, it was the same attitude that affected our game at the World Cup where we only named a coach just three four months to the World cup. I just hope they can make up their mind to pick someone on time,” he said.
Nigeria is currently behind Guinea in the standings as it only managed a 2-0 victory over Madagascar while Guinea secured a 4-1 victory over Ethiopia in Addis Ababa