NFF may name foreign coach after Eagles’ friendly against Mali, Luxembourg
•Confirms Salisu Yusuf as new interim coach
•Wants Omagbemi to restructure Falcons
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed Salisu Yusuf as interim head coach of the Super Eagles pending the selection of a substantive technical crew for the team ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Yusuf will be assisted by Imama Amapakabor (1st Assistant), Kennedy Boboye (2nd Assistant) and Alloy Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer). The NFF Technical and Development Committee said yesterday that the decision was taken in view of the upcoming international friendly matches involving the Super Eagles and Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.
According to the Committee, the appointment is in line with the NFF Board’s resolve to encourage and expose indigenous Coaches who show undoubted ability and capacity. The National Technical Director, Shaibu Amodu will play supervisory role.
“After the friendly matches, and before the 2018 FIFA World Cup group phase draw, the Technical Committee will initiate the process for the selection of a substantive technical crew for the Super Eagles, with a Head Coach. A small team of eminently –qualified persons with the required pedigree will take charge of the process, and the best candidate would be selected, irrespective of whether he is indigenous or expatriate.”
The Committee called on the NFF Board to give Coach Samson Siasia all the support towards Nigeria winning the gold medal of the men’s football tournament of this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It noted that Siasia has been left out of the Super Eagles mix for now in order for him to fully concentrate on his very important assignment.
It also called on the NFF Board to give Coach Emmanuel Amuneke all the support as the U-20 National Team, Flying Eagles, begin the race for the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, Zambia 2017.
The Committee congratulated the Super Falcons for the team’s qualification for the Africa Women Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2016, but observed that there is need for an overhaul of the team, particularly in certain playing positions. It therefore charged the technical crew headed by Florence Omagbemi to work assiduously towards re-engineering the squad before the finals in Cameroun.