Stop misplacing priority, name coach now, Chukwu tells NFF
FORMER Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu, has berated the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, over his trips to London to scout for players, saying the move was not in accordance with the NFF boss’ line of duty.
Speaking to The Guardian Wednesday, Chukwu noted that scouting for players that would be injected to the Super Eagles is the core duty of a coach and wondered why the federation president should be wasting tax payers’ money visiting different clubs in England seeking for the release of players without putting into cognizance whether the coach, who would eventually manage the Eagles, would want to use those players.
The former Harambee Stars of Kenya manager wants Pinnick to dissociate himself from players’ invitation into the Super Eagles and focus more on how to get a quality coach to handle the team.
He also explained that the continuous delay in appointing a coach for the Eagles was capable of putting the team in precarious situation when the team begins the Nations Cup and World Cup qualifiers.
“I don’t understand why the NFF president will be moving round England seeking for players instead of using his time to look for a quality coach for the Eagles. Pinnick doesn’t have any business looking for players… it is the job of a coach to search for players he feels can play the pattern he wants. He is misplacing his priority. The coach that would take charge of the team might not need these players the NFF boss is talking to. Pinnick and his board should get a coach for the Eagles to start working now.
“It is only the coach who will decide the best players he needs to deliver, not the NFF boss,” he said.
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