…Ex-Wimbledon striker tips Yobo, Okocha, Eguavoen for Eagles coaching role
Amidst the uncertainties over Coach Stephen Keshi’s future with the Super Eagles following Nigeria’s elimination in the round of 16 stage of the Brazil 2014 World Cup, John Fashanu has chided the Big Boss to quit the national team now that he feels the ovation is loud.
The Super Eagles got their World Cup dream busted by Les Bleus of France after a 2-0 defeat on Monday following Paul Pogba’s header with an own goal by captain Joseph Yobo and former Wimbledon of England striker Fashanu says Keshi should take his leave from the national team job.
“He has been reported to have said he will leave and I agree with him to step down”, says Fashanu who is a guest analyst with OSMI for the World Cup. “It’s always important and honourable to quit when the ovation is loud.”
Even though Keshi has not made it clear if he’s staying or leaving, Fashanu is already thinking about who Keshi’s successor could be and has suggested the trio of out-going Captain Joseph Yobo, former skippers, Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Austin Eguavoen as his top picks.
“The question is who would be the ideal successor to Keshi? Who would continue his philosophy? Who would continue from where he stopped and take the team to higher heights? Certainly we need our ex-internationals there. We need them to play a role in the national team. People like Joseph Yobo, Austin Eguavoen and Jay Okocha, they need to be on the technical bench, but certainly not a foreign manager “.
He further commended the Super Eagles for what he described as ‘fantastic’ performance in Brazil despite the France defeat.
“I’m 100 per cent honest in my assessment that the team performed wonderfully well. They tried very hard to beat France; they put aside the bonus row and gave the match their best shot. If they had taken the scoring chances that they carved out in the game no doubt they would have won.
“I’m happy with the players, I’m happy with the team generally and I’m pleased with the coaching crew”, Fashanu stressed.