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Ikhana Kicks Against Foreign Coach For Super Falcons

Ikhana Kicks Against Foreign Coach For Super Falcons

Former Super Falcons coach Kadiri Ikhana has urged the Nigeria Football Federation to discard the idea of hiring an expatriate coach for the Super Falcons, Completesports.com reports.

The coach who led Enyimba International FC of Aba to win the CAF champions League in 2003 told Completesports.com that it will be a waste of money to hire a foreign coach when Nigeria have qualified men and women who can do better the job of coaching the women national team.

“We don’t need a foreigner of whatever colour to handle our women national teams. It will amount to waste of scarce resources and counter productive. We have coaches who are very good in handling women teams in the country,” Ikhana told Completesports.com.

“Our team rose to dominate women football in Africa with local coaches delivering eight of the nine times we won the AWCON. The only time a foreign manager [Swede, Thomas Dennerby] won it was the last edition in Ghana and we barely managed to win it via penalty shootout.

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“We have several successful men and women coaches in our domestic league and ex-players in diaspora who can do the job with less pay package. We need to encourage our local coaches with long-term contract to deliver like the NFF did with the Super Eagles. I am sure they will deliver if given good condition and encouragement,” the onetime Nigeria international defender stated.

Ikhana urges the NFF to start tapping the exposures and experiences of former female Nigeria internationals players and male coaches who can instill discipline in the Super Falcons.

“Nigeria once reached the quarter-finals of women’s football of Olympic Games and the FIFA Women’s World Cup with indigenous coach and I think they can go a step further by reaching the semi-finals if the atmosphere is good and they are encouraged.”

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja

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  • Oakfield 1 year ago

    The same scarce resources that you’re trying to save will be wasted through the back door due to corruption. So, save us the story of wasting scarce resources on a foreigner. The reason why the option is on the table is bcs you guys (domestic coaches) are endemically corrupt! It runs in your blood stream. If the nff gets a good foreign coach that can handle the girls and take them beyond their current achievements, then they should go for him/her. All these allegations of bribery that have surfaced lately by ex internationals against our domestic coaches have really put a huge dent on the level of confidence people have in you people to be in Charge again.

  • Shege Luzzy 1 year ago

    Thank you sir.it’s obvious you are just saying all these so that you people can invite Eucharia Anunobi to play for super Falcons.Our local coaches have the interest of Nigeria a million miles away from their hearts and their judgements became suspect as far back as 2000AD.
    Later them go invite Boss mustapha daughter from China based on humility. Oga go sidon make we nor odegbamilise u on this forum. Enough said

  • The same person that is the root cause of the misfortune our female national team is facing now. I wonder why anybody will want to seek his opinion concerning the female national team.

  • Shege Luzzy 1 year ago