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I Would Still Prefer Local Coach For Super Eagles –Ex-Int’l, Oloyede

I Would Still Prefer Local Coach For Super Eagles  –Ex-Int’l, Oloyede

Former Nigeria international Taiwo Oloyede has said he would still prefer a local coach for the Super Eagles.

After recording a draw and a defeat to South Africa and Benin Republic in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Finidi George resigned as Super Eagles head coach.

Finidi decided to resign after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) resolved to hire a foreign Technical Adviser.

The former winger has since been appointed as head coach of his home state club, Rivers United.

Despite NFF’s decision to go for a foreign handler, Oloyede said his preferred choice for the Eagles’ job is a local coach.

“I would still recommend home-based coaches,” Oloyede, who played for the Super Eagles from 1994 to 1996, told SportsBoom.com in an exclusive interview.

“The foreign coaches are
great, no doubt, but the home-based coaches should be given a fair
chance too.

“The bane of indigenous Nigerian coaches has been the lack of a free
hand to take total control of the management of the team.”

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Oloyede lamented the strong influence of player agents and selected
officials in the NFF as major problems facing indigenous coaches of the
Super Eagles.

“The agents and selected NFF officials are the major culprits. They want
their players in the national camp and will go to any lengths to make it
happen, often using the national team camps as a platform to secure
foreign deals abroad.

“But it shouldn’t be like that. The proper route is to market themselves
from the home league first with strong performances at their clubs. Then
they can dream about a call-up, not the other way around.”

Oloyede advised the NFF to look inward and find capable coaches, take them on
refresher courses, and that indigenous coaches chosen should also be given a free hand to do their jobs.

Regarding Finidi’s resignation from the Super Eagles after less than 50 days, Oloyede said the pressure was too much on him, which was caused by a lack
of loyalty to him by most of the players.

The former Julius Berger and Stationary Stores star slammed Victor Osimhen for disrespecting the 1994 AFCON winner,

“Like Osimhen talking to Finidi George. He must come out and apologise,” he said. “What has he done in his life that makes him better than Finidi? Is it
money? Fame? Has he won the Champions League? Has he won the Nations
Cup? Being the highest goal scorer in the qualifiers is not an
achievement if it’s not repeated in the tournament proper.”

“Just because he was the highest goal scorer at his club when they won
the Scudetto last season doesn’t give him the right to talk to Finidi
like that. He’s very rude and going public to rant that ‘Ogun’ will kill
somebody shows he was not brought up well. He also lacks good advisers
to put him on track.”

On his life after retirement from professional football, Oloyede said he has no regrets and is enjoying himself.

“Part of enjoying my retirement is using my leisure time to play
football,” he added.

“Playing friendly games at age 60 isn’t for the weak, and definitely not
everyone. But I do it regularly. I play for at least 20 minutes in a
half of 45 minutes, then take a break. I train with my club every
Saturday and Sunday.”


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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 5
  • MONKEY POST 3 weeks ago

    HERVE RENARD is the way……

  • Who is this attention seeker.please ova nobody cares about what you think you better use your energy to go and search how to take care of your family sir.anyway i don’t blame you it is this lazy journalists that grants you the interviews

  • moses inyang 3 weeks ago

    This is the laziest talk I have ever heard.In fact to help this odegbami disciple to say his mind fully he should not only prefer a local coach,he should prefer his village coach who trains his own village people to play football with oranges as football barefooted on bush paths.Haters of the country and possessed people!!1¹11

  • moses inyang 3 weeks ago

    Odegbami disciple

  • Hassan Tia 3 weeks ago

    Yes, Odegbami disciple , they are two clueless and ignorant persons who are going on to destroy Nigeria football , I ask them a question , who missed sex points for Super Eagles in two matches? he is a clueless local coach called Finidi George , you stupids , I think South Africa will be happy when it heared just thoes clueless comments by Odegbami and Oloyede ; SE on the edge of danger to miss the next World Cup in USA, Canada, Mixco 2026 if they falter on the next six matches and South Africa win all their next six matches …

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