–Ex-international says no indigenous coach can do it better than Keshi in Africa
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Former Super Eagles defender, Celestine Babayaro has urged the Nigeria Football Federation to see the hiring of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles as a matter of urgency.
Speaking in Abuja, Babayaro said after Stephen Keshi, he does not see any other coach in the country capable of taking over as the senior national team handler, adding that the Super Eagles standard has reached a level that only a foreign coach can lead the team to a higher level.
The former Chelsea FC of England defender stated that the standard of the Super Eagles has grown so much that it will take only a world class coach who wants to make name to succeed with the team.
“The Super Eagles need a world class coach because of the level they have grown to. We cannot just bring any coach to handle the team. And, I have not seen any coach in Nigeria for now and even in Africa that is capable of handling the team.
He continued “And there is no big deal about engaging a foreign coach because top countries like England who has better structure and football development at a time went for a foreign coach. At a time they had Erikson and later Capello. So, if England can go for a foreign coach, why can’t Nigeria go for one?,” he said.
Babayaro who felt disppointed over the Super Eagles inability to qualify for the 2015 Africa cup of Nations said the time has come for Nigerians to move on after the failure, noting that Nigeria still has what it takes to get back to the top as Africa’s best.
“Of course, Super Eagles still have what it takes to get back to the top. But we have to do things right which is to start by getting a foreign coach. I really believe that the Super Eagles will rise again and dominate the continent,” Babayaro concluded