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Omokaro advises NFF to consider former internationals for national teams’ jobs


Following the recent declaration by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that all the national teams’ coaching positions, except that of the Super Eagles, would soon be declared vacant for qualified persons to apply for the various positions, former international defender, Bright Omokaro, has advised the federation to cede the positions to only credible retired stars, who have done coaching courses home and abroad.

Omokaro says his suggestion is based on the fact that over the years, former internationals like the late Stephen Keshi, Samson Siasia and Emmanuel Amuneke, among others, have distinguished themselves with the senior and cadet national teams at various times.

The vacant positions are for the Super Falcons, U-17 and U-20 boys and girls’ teams, as well as the national U-23 side.


Omokaro believes modern football teams could be better managed by ex-footballers with the experience they acquired on the pitch with different world-class coaches and from coaching schools.

He urges the NFF to ensure due process is followed when appointing coaches to the national teams, adding that sentiment had marred the selection of coaches for the national teams over the years.

He also advocates for good structures to aid the development of grassroots football in the country, stressing that it should be the focal point of Nigeria’s talents discovery efforts.

“In any process the NFF wants to use to appoint coaches to the national teams, they should declare the positions vacant for ex-internationals, who are now coaches to handle the teams.

“A child, who started learning carpentry from a tender age is well exposed than the adult who learned the job at an advanced age. This analogy also relates to football.

“Ex footballers have the required experience to manage Nigerian teams. Drawing from the poor performance of our cadet national teams, including the U-17 and U-20 sides in international engagements this year, you will understand that when ex-internationals like Siasia and Amuneke handled the teams, we performed better.

“Look at the Super Falcons, our girls have been doing well at the African championships under ex-international female coaches. The NFF has to give the ex international are the platform to show case their wealth of experience.

“They should also give them the same remuneration as their foreign counterparts. We need to start looking inwards to get the best coaches for our national teams.

“Selecting coaches on sentiments will not lead Nigeria anywhere in football development,” he said. 


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