‘Paper work’ delaying new Super Falcons coach, says NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says the search for a ‘quality coach’ for the Super Falcons has ended. The football body said that ‘paper work’ is the only thing delaying the announcement of a new trainer.
The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, had on several occasions said the federation’s priority is to hire a top-quality coach for the Super Falcons to replace Swede coach, Thomas Dennerby, who left the position during the Olympic qualifiers in 2019. Dennerby pointed at irreconcilable differences with the federation as his reason for leaving even when he still had a year left in his contract.
A top official of the NFF told The Guardian that the federation had reached an agreement with a ‘suitable manager’ for the Super Falcons, adding that proper documentation was being worked out with the coach’s representatives.
“We have secured a ‘suitable coach’ for the Super Falcons, but we are still in the process of documentation. There are so many ‘paper work’ that the process has to follow. But we are hopeful things will work out very soon,” the official said.
Pinnick had revealed recently that the NFF had set aside an undisclosed amount of money to pay the incoming head coach of the Super Falcons for a number of years.
Meanwhile, former coach of the Super Falcons, Ismaila Mabo, has insisted that it would be a waste of money for the NFF to bring in another foreign coach for the team. He urges the NFF to choose any of the former players of the team as replacement for Thomas Dennerby.
Mabo, whose quarterfinal record at USA ’99 FIFA Women’s World is yet to be equaled, told The Guardian that many former players are qualified and exposed to rival their foreign counterparts.
“I don’t really know why the NFF is insisting on bringing another foreign coach to the Super Falcons after the departure of Thomas Dennerby. Why is the NFF ignoring our ex-players? To me, what the Super Falcons need now is an indigenous coach who understands the feelings of the players. A coach the players can look up to as a motivator.
“We have plenty of them, and I want the NFF to show some level of understanding in this regard by listening to my advice,” Mabo stated.
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