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Exclusive: Eagles Need Competent Coach To Restore Lost Glory –Rufai

Exclusive: Eagles Need Competent Coach To Restore Lost Glory –Rufai

Former Nigerian goalkeeper, Peter Rufai has advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to appoint a competent coach for the Super Eagles that can restore the lost glory of the senior national team.

Rufai made this known on the backdrop of the team’s inability to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after Nigeria failed to beat the Black Stars of Ghana at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The former Deportivo La Coruña goalkeeper in a chat with Completesports.com, stated that the NFF must not be in a rush to appoint a new coach for the Super Eagles.

“It is very sad that the Super Eagles won’t be at the World Cup, however, we can’t dwell so much on it because there are other games or qualifiers ahead of the team,” Rufai, a former member of the Super Eagles that won the 1994 AFCON told Completesports.com.

“This is the time the NFF must ensure they appoint a competent coach for the senior national team that is capable of restoring the glory days of Nigeria in football.

“The NFF doesn’t need to rush when it comes to this issue because it will be sad if we still make the same old mistake again.”


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  • MONKEY POST 2 years ago


    • TALK UR OWN 2 years ago

      **NFF SHOULD EMPLOY A STANDARD FOREIGN COACH THAT KNOWS ABOUT AFRICA FOOTBALL AND NIGERIA PLAYERS HOME & ABROAD. This is very important for any foreigner to succeed not just any foreigner.

  • Olusegun.B. 2 years ago

    Its one thing to get a competent coach , but what about his fees and necessary request, can NFF be be faithful in fulfilling them at the right time.

    I personally don’t want a foreigner but one thar comes from Naija or is Nigerian and is born outside the land and yet has the technical in-depth to lead the team .

    • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

      Is it your MONEY???

      Na what about his FEES? What about his FEES?

      And you GUYS trying to be F*CKING STINGY na make una go HIRE TACTICALLY DEFICIENT and CHEAP EGUAVON wey COST us 5.6 BILLION NAIRA for that GHANA W/C TICKET so…

      Abi you no know say it was 5.6 BILLION NAIRA that was at stake in that match??

      MONEY wey we for use RENOVATE our STADIUMS to a WORLD CLASS STANDARD na him you and EGUAVON make us LOOSE so….

    • Hassan Tia 2 years ago

      I think France coaching school is better for developing Super Eagles football, so competent coach for this mission is Laurent Blanc who have France pattern of play which appears in strength, pressing football, an interactive defensive midfield, pace and one to one football, interactive centre backs, strong goalkeeper, proper finishing strikers,ground passes with pressure on the rival, playing on wings; so I think France coach will success with SE then he will transform SE to a huge African gigant.

  • Dennis 2 years ago

    Omo9ja said eguaveon was Mr no nonsense. So why change him? He’s been able to do what rohr couldn’t do na. Segun odegbami is yet to write his rubbish. Jimmyball can’t say that all he requested for us to succeed wasn’t provided. Shameless clowns

  • Diamond Ng 2 years ago

    Carlos Quieroz is very competent and up for grabs, I hope the Nff won’t go and appoint any choach without a sound knowledge and information in regards to African football

  • Diamond Ng 2 years ago

    Any coach appointed needs to work on the Super eagles deficiencies which are
    1. Set pieces; Super Eagles are yet to get a very good set pieces taker.
    2. Scoring set pieces also matters a lot, we hardly score balls with heading from either freekick or corner kicks, it’s baffling how the squad for all these while we’re unable to do that…
    3. I think any coach who is competent enough that is appointed, should look for another competent goalkeeping coach rather than that former goalkeeping Coach by name Alloy Agu… He should not I repeat Should not be reinstated. Since the departure of Enyeama and Shortened SE career of Carl Ikeme that goalkeeping coach hasn’t helped at all in bringing out the best in these lads we have in that area.

    4. Lastly, They new coach needs to look in-depth for attacking midfielder and someone who can be called upon in the absence of Wilfred Ndidi. These two places were affected in our last match, no one to cover or do Ndidi work effectively and no attacking midfield to help out…
    Sadly we have Aribo but the former coaches do not know how to bring out the best in him, so he also needs to be well drilled….

    • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

      @Diamond Ng you forgot to mention BICYCLE KICKS too…

      The incoming COACH need to TRAIN the PLAYERS on how to take BICYCLE KICKS…


      Expecially OSIMHE..

      He VOWED never to stop taking them…


  • @ diamond NG, the most competent and available coach, technically and tactically sound with knowledge of African football is carlos queires let NFF should go for him. He need to revamp SE with believe. He is someone that could make SE difficult to beat, senegal could attest.

    • Diamond Ng 2 years ago

      @Eric, I totally agree with you, the man is sound tactically and technically…
      He’s good, the way he remoulded Egypt after their 1st loss against SE in Afcon was remarkable, also after their torrid 1st half they Egyptians had against Senegalese during WQ Qualifiers, he was able to change the game in the 2nd half. That’s the kind of Coach we are talking about who will be able to alter changes tactically and technically…

  • Chima E Samuels 2 years ago

    Pinnick has stared hiring mediocres again, Pinnick has hired failure master Ladan Bosso again. Nigeria is Doomed it’s not a curse but we allowed this curse to befall us. I’m done with Nigeria Football. It’s over let me switch allegiance to my country of Residence. See you guys after Pinnick is gone for good!!!! Doom Doom Doom!!! RIP to Nigeria Football!!!

    • Igbekun Abo 2 years ago

      Well said brotherman. I will come and visit you in Cape Coast one of these days. I and I also have lost hope in Nigerian football. Ghana is better organized.

    • Bomboy 2 years ago

      @Chima, please tell me you are joking about Ladan Bosso. If Pinnick hires that man, I will assume he is deliberately planning for the downfall of Nigeria football.

    • @chima kai, we are serious here, tell us you just trying to play prank.

      • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

        I think LADAN BOSSO is for the FLYING EAGLES JOB…

        Not the S/E

        • Coache 2 years ago

          Another horrible choice. Bosso has been failing for ages. Another good for nothing coach. All the opportunities that he had with the same U20 were wasted. Why bring back a failure. Better John Ogbu or if they want their Northerness, Maikaba would serve.

    • Chibuike 2 years ago

      Football all over the world have world class coaches but can NFF pay them? Carlos is OK, Blanc of France is ok. Dunga is ok as well but can corupt FA chairman be honest with the fees? Nigeria have alot of ex internationals both home and away who can handle under17 and 20th team and very important set to breed new players. I would have prefer rehard, wish the man is free.

  • Esperon 2 years ago

    If Rohr was still our Coach we would have made the world cup

  • Esperon 2 years ago

    During the group games of the Afcon. The play was good. But from then onwards it became obvious that Mr Eguavoen was outwitted. My take is that we should always strive to be the best at what we do. Irrespective of racial bias. Mr Eguavoen can strive to be the best coach ever by taking courses over and over again. Maybe pick up a Nigerian club side to implement and perfect some of the new ideas he has learnt. What stops Mr Eguavoen from being a coach of Real Madrid. Then we can have the Super Eagles Discussion. I think we should bring Rohr back. The odds of getting a good Coach Foreign or Nigerian would cost some good amount of money. Unless NFF does some sound scouting which would unearth a nice upcoming coach with good ideas regularly updating himself and willing to take up The Super Eagles challenge whether Foreign or Nigerian. Until we have that, we should bring back Rohr to coach the Super Eagles

  • Tristan 2 years ago

    Foreign coach or not? When you ask a Nigerian he’ll tell you the foreign coach must have experience of Africa. How many top coaches do you think have experience of African football? 99% of the best coaches have no experience of African football, so once you say you want African experience you’re reducing your choices to 1%.
    A good tactically intelligent coach would understand the football played in Africa easily. It is not sophisticated, it is mainly physical.
    On local coach, look at Ghana. Did Ghana appoint a civil servant who has spent the last 10 years in an office at NFF (GFF) as coach? No, they went to look for one of their own that was at the elite of the game at Borussia Dortmund. Otto Addo had access to the best and latest coaching techniques and tactics at Borussia Dortmund.
    Why are there no Nigerian coaches even as assistant managers in Europe? John Salako born in Ibadan, managed Crystal Palace, why not ask someone like him. That’s what Ghana did with Otto Addo and Chris Hughton.
    Coaches based in Nigeria lack exposure and will continue to fail, we should search for Nigerian coaches who are testing their tactical ecumen against the very best in Europe and America not the ones sitting at home making noise.

    • Esperon 2 years ago

      Nicely said. Mr Egbo comes to my mind. He looks like someone who is constantly updating himself with the innings of the game.

    • We finally failed with our own 2 years ago

      Nice…..what I can only say is u deserve a bottle of chilled stout for this writeup

  • Ralph 2 years ago

    I don’t understand all this talk about Knowledge of African Football when none of your players is based in Africa ? So if a coach have no knowledge of African football they can be successful in African ? What is so special about African Football? or is it because we have won the WC 5 times ? Football speaks just one language and it is valid in whatever continent you are in, if Guardiola or Ancelotti should show interest inb the job now nobody will comp-lain about their African football knowledge.

  • Sableote 2 years ago

    Anyone knows where I see Super Falcon match pls? It’s about time.

  • https://youtu.be/b3vIqA33Koo

    The men for the job:
    Egbo,Amuneke, Manu Garba.

    Technical department director: Seyi Olifinjana

    With a foreign physical trainer.

    • MONKEY POST 2 years ago


      But CJ why na only you dey PROMOTE the man??


      No be only EGBO we need.

      Na IGBO…


  • Oakfield 2 years ago

    You had a coach that made qualification for tournies look very ordinary to the extent that most of you nuckle headed ex internationals suddenly felt any coach can achieve that feat but the reverse is the case now. You all have seen that it’s not beans but rohr made it look ordinary and simple. Everybody is now reeling in pains, regrets and anguish. Some have even died as a result. We warned u evil people to take it easy with that man bcs of of the impending danger and consequences but u never listened. I told u to enjoy the smooth ride while it lasted when rohr was around but some of you thought I was joking. Now, e dont dy happen and una eyes don dy clear. You have suddenly realized that we need a competent coach who’ll begin to qualify us for tournies. You don’t know the value of what u have until u lose it, so the saying goes.

    • Coache 2 years ago

      The harm he did to Nigerian football is colossal. Losing to CAR and South Africa is unforgettable. We were no longer dreaded at home under him as the SE lost the fear factor. Destroyed the local league and we were too predictable. Something the Olodo Eguavoen could not change. Good riddance to bad rubbish ROHR

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        Hahahaha…Rohr lost to CAR and SA and as a result failed to qualify or got booted out of AFCON in R16 right….??? LMAOOooo.

        Even when he lost to Madagascar, he never got booted out in ordinary AFCON R16 despite facing a FULL STRENGHT CAMEROON who were defending champions in the R16…..Coming from behind in a tactical masterclass against a Clarence Seedorf + Patrick Kluivert coached team.

        Please remind us whom your 9 bunch of failures lost to in AFCON R16 despite not losing to CAR and SA……LMAOooo. I bet you cannot even remember his name without checking online….LMAOoo…a nameless coach with leading a B squad….LMAOOooo

        You will tell us if Rohr would have qualified for tournaments losing matches away from home

        Its still on record Rohr won lots of matches away from home to render home loses inconsequential….11 wins 5 draws and 0 losses. So if you lost your home fear factor because of Rohr, what about your away fear factor…? LMAoooo. Rohr would loose at home but we will still be sitting comfortably on top of our group and even qualify with games to spare….LMAOoo. Your useless 9 olodos wouldnt lose at home yet will not qualify for anything….LMAOooo…a la siasia, oliseh and egua-failure and his 9 co-apprentice cobblers….]LMAOOooo

        Rohr must have been the ones coaching your NPFL clubs in continental club competitions too…..or the one managing the NPFL

        Rohr destroyed their local league indeed…..LMAOOooo

        Ndi Ara…!

        • Oakfield 2 years ago

          Haha hah… Lol!!!! Just imagine??????! Che!!!!! This one off me die…..

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