Former Nigeria star, Adokiye Amiesimaka has questioned the Nigeria Football Federation for appointing a consortium of coaches to lead the Super Eagles for the remaining Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and Congo.
Stephen Keshi was shown the exit door with Amodu Shaibu picked to head the team that has Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Aloysius Agu.
According to the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winning star, sacking Keshi and employing a consortium of coaches to lead the Nigeria senior national team is not the right step.
“Is it not the same Amodu they were disparaging? I suggested that Amodu should be given a chance to take the Eagles to the 2002 World Cup because he qualified the team, incidentally Keshi was his assistant then,” Amiesimaka told Goal.
“Our most prestigious away achievement was against Sudan in Khartoum when we beat them 4-0. Despite that, was it not the same Nigeria Football Federation that said Amodu was not a good coach and threw him out?
“On the other hand, I want to ask why a consortium of coaches? I don’t know what the NFF wants to achieve by those decisions and saying they would bring an expatriate. Are we making progress?
“There are so many things that baffle one about the way we run things in this part of the world. Honestly, it suggests we don’t even step down, make a careful analysis of situations and think through. I have a lot of admiration for (Amaju) Pinnick and his deputy which the world knows, but it baffles me that they are starting on a wrong step.
“I wish them well, but I think this doesn’t speak well of us. We’ve boldly tried to discourage, discredit, unnecessarily embarrass and paint Keshi black. They made up their minds to sack Keshi after the World Cup, though this is a new board but some of those in the former board are still there.
“That was how they sacked Sylvanus Okpala. Every coach needs a good bench, not only in terms of players but in terms of crew. [Alex] Ferguson wouldn’t have been such a great coach without fantastic assistants same as [Louis] Van Gaal. Keshi’s backbone was Okpala and they sacked him to weaken [Keshi],” he concluded.