President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick has defended his decision to go for a foreigner as the new Super Eagles coach, insisting that no local coach can give us the desired results.
In a chat with newsmen in Lagos yesterday, Pinnick who still looked weary after the demands that attended Nigeria’s failed bid for the Afcon 2017 ticket, said he cannot afford to stay in office and see Nigeria lose out in the qualification for Russia 2018 World Cup.
“I cannot put our World Cup hopes on a local coach. We need a world class coach who can reshape our football.” Citing Hector Cuper, Egypt national team coach who under two years has returned the Pharaohs to the limelight of African football, Pinnick swore,
“That is why I cannot compromise my decision for a foreign coach. Egypt have so many professionals abroad, but Cuper used only five and he still went ahead to get the desired result.
That is why I am insisting on a foreigner for the Eagles Sports Vanguard gathered that the NFF leadership may have chosen a coach already and he is a French national. “I am afraid, the new coach may have already began work as he has been talking to countries like The Netherlands and Scotland for friendlies with the Super Eagles,” an NFF source told our correspondent in Abuja.
We further gathered that the new coach wants to stay in Lagos and will be coming with a trainer and a tactician. Emmanuel Amuneke and Salisu Abubakar will be the Nigerian coaches to assist the Frenchman.