Foreign coach to come with technical assistants –Ekeji

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - GBOLAHAN DADA
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Foreign manager billed to take up Super Eagles coaching job is expected to resume with his technical assistants, according to a member of the Presidential Task Force and the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Dr Patrick Ekeji. The former Green Eagles’s star said the foreign manager would be given a free hand to perform his job to the best of his ability, as there is possibility of drafting some local coaches to also assist him in the process.

Ekeji said the foreign coach would be employed only for the Eagles World Cup outing, stressing that extension of his contract would be determined by the team's performance in South Africa.

The former Director of Sports Development said Nigerians were interested in Eagles’ outstanding performance in the 2010 World Cup and PTF had no option than to listen to the demand of hiring a foreign coach for the team.
He said during the last Nations Cup in Angola, Nigerians cried for a change after watching Eagles playing below expectation and the only thing to make them happy is to overhaul the team technical crew.

On the claim that there is a clause in Shaibu Amodu's contract that says he should take the team to the World Cup after reaching Nations Cup semi-final target, Ekeji said the decision was absolutely none of the PTF’s business.
"I think NFA is in the position to sort that out with Amodu, PTF was not part of the target. We are only working on the progress of the team in the World Cup. We did not want to make the mistake of the past,"he said.

Ekeji, who was a member of the panel that interviewed Frenchman, Bruno Metsu, and Serbian, Ratomir Djukovic, for the job on Monday, said the country would not improve the country's rating in the World Cup.The panel is expected to recommend one of the coaches to the NFF board for appointment after interviewing Hoddle and Lagerback.The new coach for the Eagles would be announced on Friday.

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