HomeBlogMathematical 7

Nigerian Football At The Crossroads!  –Odegbami  

Nigerian Football At The Crossroads!  –Odegbami   Nigeria's Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, joins the NFF chiefs led by Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau to unveil Finidi George as Super Eagles Head Coach on May 13, 2024

The least I can say now is that there is confusion in the ‘house’ of Nigerian football.

The last two matches played within a space of a few days, against South Africa and Benin Republic, have thrown the Nigerian Football Federation, custodians of the game in the country, into a state of frenzy.

 It is hard for any observer to understand the transformation of the Super Eagles.  For almost 10 barren years, with unknown foreign coaches mostly in charge, the Super Eagles grovelled in the dark in search of an answer to her dwindling fortunes in African football.

5 months ago, fortune smiled on the team. At the African Cup of Nations in Cote D’Ivoire, against all odds and with plenty of luck, playing a mostly pressure-laden defensive style of play that ‘killed’ six Nigerians, the team got to the finals before capitulating to the home-team that they had beaten in the first round.

Nigerians were so appreciative of that brief spell of success that brought joy and relief from the hardship of life that the government lavished on the team rewards and awards unheard of in the history of football in the world. 

Also Read: The Baptism Of Finidi George! –Odegbami

Ironically, the foreign coach was so ‘good’ that Nigeria did not renew his contract. Of course, everything considered,  everyone knew Jose Peseiro was not good enough. Yet, in what many people still consider a set-up designed to fail, they settled for his assistant, a Nigerian. 

ademola-lookman-super-eagles-nigeria-2026-wcq-2026-fifa-world-cup-qualifiers

Benin Republic 2 – 1 Nigeria, in Abidjan

After only two games with Finidi George in charge, the team’s fortunes have plummeted and have set off a chain of reactions that have the strength of a volcano to consume Nigerian football if not handled carefully.

Last Thursday, the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, rose from its emergency meeting, and limped back to its previous vomit.

With threats hanging over the board like the Sword of Damocles, the board decided it will  immediately embark on a search for a new foreign coach and keep Finidi as his assistant again in the technical team. In addition to that, they will heed to wise counsel and look into amending the constitution of the NFF to include some new stakeholders as advised by the government one year ago.

All of these plus a few other matters, of course, are as a result of the shameful performance and loss to Benin Republic last Monday. It shattered the camel’s back.

Indeed, it was a most humiliating football match.  The Super Eagles not only failed to win, they played without spirit, like ‘school boys’ on a vacation. It was massive dent to the country’s image and reputation as a giant in African football. The result of that match left the public baying for blood.

The federal government was going to wield the big stick. The Minister for Sports fired the first salvo by requesting explanation from the NFF. Till now, huge threats still hang precariously over the board. 

I am in my observatory high up in the hills of Wasimi. I am trying to work it all out and understand the motivations for the NFF decisions tumbling down accompanied by many begging questions. 

Also Read: Let Nigeria Revive NNPC/Shell Cup! –Odegbami

What nature of foreign coach this time around? Another journey-man coach? Or a ‘world-class coach as many analysts demand? What is the definition of a world-class coach? Who in that category is available and willing? Who will pay their humongous wages? 

What will happen to all of Finidi George’s hired technical assistants?

And so on and so forth. Questions, all begging for answers.

However, whilst waiting for the details of implementation of the NFF’s decisions, I shall share a few random reactions of the public on my platform to the match against Benin Republic last Monday night. They make interesting reading.  One or two may even be in support of the decisions of the NFF.

I reproduce them here, unedited.  

Opeyemi Ajala 

Those opposed to indigenous coaches will gleefully appoint a Lagerback who failed to qualify Sweden but would be eager to sack Amodu that qualified the Eagles. 

Mancini won the Euros but fell to Macedonia

John Mastoroudes

Segun, I cannot believe we lost to Benin.

It’s as if I was afraid that this might happen when I sent my last message to you! 

I am all for a foreign coach, BUT A BIG NAME, who can inspire our selected players, because in our case it’s all about psychology. 

Also Read: A Manager, Not A Coach, For The Super Eagles! –Odegbami

If NFA cannot afford it, many well-to-do Nigerians, I am sure, will be willing to sponsor the salary for at least 3 yrs. This is my personal view. 

I have nothing against Finidi whom I respect as a great footballer.

Toyin Imevbere 

I’m still too “pissed off”. Whenever I flash back on that embarrassing match, it looks to me like the match was ‘sold’. There was definitely no urge to win on the part of the Eagles. 

I’m not happy at all. My son gave up on them. He went to sleep and said he did not want anyone to give him hypertension jare

Finidi is too soft to handle the national team. 

Prof. Seun Omotayo

I have spoken about the need for psychological management of the Super Eagles players. The game is nothing but a mind-game at all levels, including telepathic connections.

Dapo Oguntoyinbo 

Segun, we are all saddened by the loss of the Super Eagles to Benin. Finidi may have underrated them.  How could he go to the match without his key players: Ekong, Osimhen, etc? In addition, I do not think the players spent enough time together before going for the match. It was a great blunder by Finidi and will be difficult for him to recover from. 

Now, everyone is asking for him to be axed. As a new coach, he should have realised that his first matches would be a make or mar affair. All of us who supported the choice of a Nigerian Coach are now licking our wounds !!!  

Godwin Akhigbe 

NFF wants to hire a foreign coach to boss Finidi George. It reminds me of what Taju Disu said: that the football body will mess Finidi up like all other ex-internationals who have handled the team. The Eagles refused to play for Finidi.

Omotayo Olanrewaju 

The search by NFF of a Foreign Coach is unfortunate and ill-advised. The solution is not replacing Finidi George but about ensuring the application of Sports Coaching Science and Performance Optimization strategies. NFF should support the Finidi-led Technical crew rather than going on another wasteful quest for a Foreign Coach at this point of our Football Development in Nigeria. NFF should NOT crucify Finidi for the current performance of the Super Eagles, but should rather ensure the adequacy of his back-room staff which is suspect, a situation and concern that I pointed out on a television program about three weeks ago. Who is Finidi’s Match Analyst?Who is Finidi’s Sports Psychologist? Who is Finidi’s Exercise Physiologist etc?  I use this opportunity to reiterate my call for the need for all Sports outfits across categories to be put in place as the SPORTS MEDICINE TEAM.

Kalima

I watched the team. There was no hunger, no thirst, and no leader on the pitch. The captain spoke more with the coach than with his fellow players.

The players have individual skills that can be harnessed with humility. Someone must do the dirty job on the pitch. The mid-field was porous.

Yakubu Mohammed

I am a patriot and I want us to be in USA, Mexico and Canada, but nothing so far has fired my patriotism. 

 


Copyright © 2024 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 22
  • Detruth 1 month ago

    Odegbami, the team was better off under the leadership of Rhor. He qualified the country for two nations cups, and 2018 world cup before the last two matches were played. However he was sacked by NFF on your recommendation. I really don’t understand your outrage.

  • xhuxhu 1 month ago

    Dear Legend, Dr Odegbami. I have watched the Super Eagles since 1994 and from that time till now, i have missed probably not more than 2 games. That performance on Monday, nobody will tell me, that match was not sold. For a team to lose it just needs one player who goes off duty, but in that game, alot of players were off duty, starting from the captain to the goalkeeper, to the right back and the Coach himself.
    From the time the Call up list was announced, to the players strolling into camp, some of them after going on vacations. I knew, that Wahala dey smell.
    Do we have good players, yes we do, the Europeans will not pay you or cough out large sums, to buy a bad player but why does these array of stars not perform well for the Super Eagles? You answer is as good as mine, i really don’t know.
    People say you should not, break the core of a football team but with that performance, that team is not a football team, please the next coach or Finidi himself should start inviting fresh faces into that team and the rebuilding should start now. Players like Igho Oghu, Akpom Chuba, Arokodare, Ejuke, Christantus, the new guy at Getafe, should be given an opportunity. These bunch have failed us and the bad eggs in that team should be removed, even if he is a captain or stand-in captain.
    Finidi shouldn’t suffer alone, people of your calibre Sir, should wade in and ask him, what really went wrong? Nigerians should know, who are the players who lacked discipline in that team?
    The Euros, started yestetday and you could see patriotism and professionalism displayed, yes Scotland lost woefully but nobody could question their patriotism, this cannot be said of this present Super Eagles. Sadly, but a country that it leaders are not patriotic, how can the citizens be patriotic?

    • Big Boss 1 month ago

      The players are never the problem. It was these same players that almost won the afcon. The coach is the problem and he’s finished. To he’ll with him.

      • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

        Leave them….let them all be dancing around in circles.

        These same set of players almost gave their lives in cotedivoir just 4 months ago. Some of the even risked their careers by playing with injuries just to return Nigeria to the respectable heights it belongs to.

        A SE player emerged the overall best player of the tournament while the AFCON XI team had 3 SE players in the starting line up.

        Finidi who has been part of the team for 2 years took over this team in March, just one month after the AFCON, and the team has become so unrecognizable with faulty call ups, inexplicable matchday lineup general headlessness and senselessness in their approach and and utterly disgusting on-pitch character.

        These agents of backwardness should stop playing with our intelligence.

        Napoleon once said “in an army, there can never be bad soldiers, there can only be BAD OFFICERS”

        Give this same team to a REAL COACH and you will see a stark change in the team.

        All of them are shouting disbandment all about, disband this team today and a can assure you 70% of them will still make up the next team.

        Every team plays in accordance to the spirit of its manager….when you see a Mourinho team you will know its a Mourinho team, when you see a Pep team you will know its a Pep team, ditto Klopp, Simeone, Spalletti and other real coaches out there.

        If the SE today now play without life, it is because they have a lifeless coach who even though has been with the team for 2 years cannot breath the breathe of life into them.

      • Kenneth 1 month ago

        Now i know you blind. Was it Finidi that asked Seyi, Bassey, lookman etc to be losing passes to their opponent. Don’t know the game you watched, but it clearly shows you being biased. Like i stated from day one, the NFF set up finidi to fail and the players were used. simple. Why didn’t they give their lives in this game.

        Uncle sege you don’t need to say more, it was glaring that the NFF board wanted to see finidi fail and the players were used to do exactly that. I they will never invite such stakeholders like you to such committee. Bunch of morons

  • Olujimi Morgan 1 month ago

    Dr Odegbami, poor performance by one category of coaches – an indegenous gaffer, doesn’t mean another cannot do well. Afterall, one person in the other category – foreign head, has underperformed, we have usually replaced him with another. In truth, there are many questions to ask but the cause was the seemingly long delay and indeed indecition by the NFF in selecting a senior coach /technical adviser / manager after Afcon. Frankly, Finidi CANNOT qualify Nigeria for the WC. Look at his shambolic handling of players for the friendly matches against Ghana and Mali. Several public grumblings by players. Then the two qualifying matches – Victor Boniface a proven scorer and link player in the Bundesliga was benched. Ekong asserted he was fit enough to be called to camp. Almost certainly getting a foreign coach that previous Nigerian coaches, whether indegenous or foreign, have bettered is illiogical and smarks of a stich up. How quickly can such a person know the players and coach into a strong team.
    My solution: Replace Finidi with another indegenous coach. The fallout has to be handled sensitively and should involve non football respected Nigerians. Change that technical committee. Enhance the composition of the NFF which of course is responsible for the Women qualifying for the Olympics taking place next month. Investigate cause of recent performances and results, from Afcon qualifyers to recent tourney, and the complete 4 matches of WCQ; especially seeking counsel of players.
    Finally, choice of players and captains has been poor. Ahmed Musa, why? Ndidi of 2023/24 why? No longer vintage, both of them with one well past his buy by date!
    Mathematical, youre absolutely correct in your warning about the state of Nigerian football. But we are Naija. Naija no de carry last. We must to find way. And we go find dat way. Up Naija!

  • Mr Hush 1 month ago

    @Olujimi Morgan

    Nice surmission.

    But I put to you, Segun Odegbami and every proponents of an indigenous coach to be in charge of the Eagles, to name your preferred choice.

    Respectfully, aid my curiosity.

    • Don’t let this man recommend Joseph Yobo, because he will and NFF will take it up. Lol

    • Tristan 1 month ago

      They never do. I have likewise challenged him in this regard. If NFF appoints Finidi and he fails, they’ll tell you Finidi was a setup and it was Amunike they wanted. If NFF appoints Amunike, they’ll tell you it was Siasia they wanted and on and on.
      They are not driven by football logic, they are driven by wantedracial pride and politics!

      Nothing in this man’s write-up is an analytical examination of why the SE failed. Instead, he diverts attention to those who visit his website to provide opinions that he selects to shield himself with the opinions of his fans.

      He was shouting shrill in the press that he wants attacking football, constantly reiterating his mantra and bizarre criticism that “6 Nigerians were killed during AFCON” due to football tactics and putting pressure on the novice international coach. Well, he missed his calling as a cardiologist or pathologist.

  • ABDULRAZAK 1 month ago

    OGA, I WAITED FOR THE USUAL WATERY WRITE UP AND TRUE TO FORM, YOU DIDN’T DISAPPOINT. YOU AND YOUR CO PROPAGANDISTS HAVE CONSPIRED TO RUIN OUR FOOTBALL. I HOOE YOU ARE PROUD OF YOURSELF. RADARADA

    • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

      Oro ti kpesi je….! LMAOoo

      Odegbami couldn’t find anything reasonable to write anymore and rather opted to populate his column with other peoples’ comments….LMAOooo

  • MuYiwa 1 month ago

    “5 months ago, fortune smiled on the team… ” Fortunes smiled on the team because the coach understood his players after studying them for a few months and developed a winning formula. Finidi has been with the team for over a year and has learnt nothing.

  • Dr. Drey 1 month ago

    When we were growing up, elders in the community were often held in high esteem, because they were always upright men/women of integrity who would rather die than tell lies. That is why the Yoruba adage goes ‘agba kii wa loja ki ori omo tuntun wo”. …meaning “….an infant’s head cannot be bent while there are elders are in the market…”

    Unfortunately, these days, it seems it is the agbas who are hell-bent on twisting the neck of the infant to death. It is a shame that elders nowadays are not truthful, sincere and unprejudiced in their thoughts, words and actions.

    Mr Odegbami in his desperate bid to undermine the competence of our last “foreign coach” in order to console himself over the incompetence of his local errand boys wrote,

    “….Ironically, the foreign coach was so ‘good’ that Nigeria did not renew his contract….”

    This a lie from the pit of hell.

    Incase you missed it Sir, it was the foreign coach who threw NFF’s wretched contract back at them when they refused to meet his terms. They even upped his pay from what was in his former contract but yet couldn’t match his demands.

    I wonder if they would have offered to double his salary If he had failed like your 94 squad errand boys.

    It will do you and your dwindling public image a world of good if you can imbibe the culture of telling the truth no matter whose ox is gored.

    I wasn’t expecting anything reasonable to come from your pen today and you never disappointed, only that you went one notch up by littering your article with lots and lots of fallacies like the one above.

    You claimed the Super Eagles grovelled in the dark in search of an answer to her dwindling fortunes in African football For almost 10 barren years, with unknown foreign coaches mostly in charge……but you ran away from telling us how we failed to qualify for ordinary AFCON back to back and are set to qualify for the WC back to back now no thanks the members of your 1994 cult. In contrast in those 10 years, we have qualified for 3 AFCONs with games to spare, 1 World Cup with a 3-point deduction and a game to spare and won bronze and silver and the now 24-team AFCON. I still wonder how and why people like you still want to argue against hard facts.

    One of the laws of power says “Learn to Keep People Dependent on You, Make Other People Come to You”, that is why some leaders always install incompetent successors so that they can always remain relevant even after they’ve left office (something Amaju Pinic is currently implementing to the latter now)…….thus It seems you as the team manager of that 94 squad of good players back then but failed coaches now are just hell-bent on destroying Nigeria football for good, so that we may not rise to that height again and continue to worship y’all as our greatest ever.

    You claim Finidi ” was a set-up designed to fail”, I laughed and almost spilled coffee on my PC…..LMAOoo. Is there a better way to set yourself up to fail than employing daft and incompetent people to run your business….??

    We had a gargantuan task of playing catch up to ultimately qualify for the WC ahead of us, and who else could the NFF find other than a man whose total cognate experience in coaching (at any level) is not up to 3 years…..LMAOooo. Please how many of your own businesses are runner by managers with 3 years or less work experience….???

    Please what exactly did the NFF do to set Finidi up for failure…?
    They gave him a contract, They gave him the liberty to employ his own assistants, They gave him a Mercedes Benz G-wagon worth N150m, they gave him the best stadium in Nigeria, They opened camp for him earlier than usual, He’s been flying first class across the country to grant media interviews (which continue to expose his shallow-mindedness with every new interview he grants)…….please someone should kindly tell us how the NFF set finidi up to fail by the NFF.

    And this excuse of “our local coaches are set up to fail” is becoming tiring…you guys should find a better excuse for the failure of your local coaches.

    NFF has hardly ever set any coach up to succeed. In actual fact, they get even jealous when a coach succeeds and start fighting for money and attention. You seem to have forgotten that you yourself confessed here on your column that you and your fellow saboteurs in the NFF and Sports ministry designed a horrible contract which you confessed was so terrible with devilish conditions for Rohr to reject, but which the man accepted to your chagrin, and how y’all subsequently went on to sabotage him out of office by not paying in his salaries, by taking him to away matches on canoe and forcing him to play on pitches fit only for grazing.

    Yet it was in the midst of this grand design of sabotage that the “foreign coach” qualified for 2022 AFCON with 2 games to spare and also qualified for the 2022 WCQ playoffs, before your “local coaches”, about 9 of them on the bench, including the overrated Amunike (who was brought on to add “tactical sagacity”) came on board and failed back to back at both that AFCON and the WC playoffs.

    Almost a similar set up also prevailed with Peseiro with regular non-payment of his salaries, non-payment for the services of his assistants, yet the man also qualified for AFCON with a game in hand and brought home the AFCON silver medal itself. Even though he wobbled and fumbled for most parts of his tenure, there was never a time when we risked not at least qualifying for anything. But within 4 months of taking charge, despite being in the SE management team for the last 2 years, another one of your incompetent proteges has put us on the brink of another destiny-changing failure and made a team that played with grit and efficiency look lifeless and directionless.

    How will the team not pay like school boys when they are being coached by a schoolboy coach whose capacity is not better than that of coaches who coach high school kids…?

    How will the team not play like there is nothing at stake when their coach believes “there is no formula for winning matches in the game of football” and does not believe “tactics and formations matter in football”….??

    If the NFF set up Finidi to fail and he indeed failed within 3 months…. then he was just plain incompetent from the get go.

    As I have said before, the earlier we cut this 94 squad cult (together with Mr Odegbami their then team manager) off our football the better for us.

    • Bentopzy 1 month ago

      How I wish Mr Odegbami read this comment. Perfect response

    • King S 1 month ago

      You are a wise man, Dr. Drey. The script is too well-known: when a local coach fails, the dialogues are always that they were sabotaged and the NFF didn’t want them. This is often the case with the local coaches. Yet, we all saw what happened with Rohr, Poseiro and Waldrum. These ethnic jingoists will never accept the fact that none of the local coaches we have presently are good enough for the SE the sooner they realise this, the better for them. It was their over-rated Mr To-me-formation-is-not-important that lost to one of the unknown managers. Finidi now resolves to blame Osimhen and Co for non-commitment (always the case with local coaches. See Oliseh. See Siaisa). Osimhen never misses a match for the SE. Everyone is the culprit, especially the NFF. They sold us the bullshit that they don’t have the funds to pay a foreign coach, but now all of a sudden they can afford one. There are even rumors that they have not balanced the arrears of SE players when the money has been released. I don’t care if FIFA bans us but something must be done to NFF executives.

    • King S 1 month ago

      You are a wise man, Dr. Drey. The script is too well-known: when a local coach fails, the dialogues are that they are sabotaged and the NFF didn’t want them. This is often the case with the local coaches. Yet, we all saw what happened with Rohr, Poseiro and Waldrum. These ethnic jingoists will never accept the fact that none of the local coaches we have presently are good enough for the SE the sooner they realise this, the better for them. It was their over-rated Mr To-me-formation-is-not-important that lost to one of the unknown managers. Finidi now resolves to blame Osimhen and Co for non-commitment (always the case with local coaches. See Oliseh. See Siaisa). Osimhen never misses a match for the SE. Everyone is the culprit, especially the NFF. They sold us the bullshit that they don’t have the funds to pay a foreign coach, but now all of a sudden they can afford one. There are even rumors that they have balanced the arrears of SE players when the money has been released. I don’t care if FIFA bans us but something must be done to NFF executives.

    • MuYiwa 1 month ago

      I thoroughly reviewed the entire writeup, yet it offered no solution to our current dilemma. It’s imperative that we acknowledge and celebrate small victories. Rohr provided these wins from 2016 to 2021, but we failed to capitalize on them. There’s nothing particularly remarkable about the Benin boys, yet their superior organization, especially in defense, was evident. Our team’s performance significantly worsened after falling behind, with panicked substitutions and no meaningful play in the second half.

      Blaming the players is easy, but these same players thrived under Rohr and Peseiro. If they’re not performing now, it’s squarely the coach’s responsibility. The coach must be held accountable and replaced immediately. John Mastoroudes made sense!

  • Oakfield 1 month ago

    What else can i say. The point is that you mr odegbami are one of the chief architects of the downfall of our team. U and your cohorts (former Queens English minister Dare and picnic and some idiots here on this forum) set the ball rolling amidst our calls for caution during the tine of rohr but the wickedness and evil in your hearts clouded your sense of reasoning. You worked and toiled for rohr to be booted out on the premise that ‘anybody’ can handle the national team and win trophies. You said me rohr was just riding on the individual talents in his team to achieve success. When he won very crucial matches, u played it down and attributed it to luck and individual brilliance. U said that rohr did not play the Nigerian brand of football which i guess is similar to that of brazil according to what your feeble wicked mind told you. U abused him on the media and everywhere even when there was no cause to. Eventually, rohr was shown the door and mr board master (Eguavon) breezed in like a hawk before the nations cup but later ran away like a possessed idiot when we recorded the worst performance of a Senior Nigerian team in history at afcon with the same crop of players that rohr used to win games and churn out very crucial results even against all odds! Now your wish has been granted again and we have plumeted like a meteorite with the same team that almost won the nations cup in February. You better hide your face in shame, mr man. You are a very wicked man and shall surely reap your rewards. The same coach u called a mechanic and a white journey man is about to qualify benin of all countries for the world cup just like he did with Nigeria. The same man took our team to the cleaners and taught your ‘own’ some very unforgettable lessons that has thrown the whole country and football family into turmoil. There is confusion everywhere and all those who laid the foundation for it have suddenly gone into hiding. You will never know peace me Segun, i put it to you squarely!!! Never! Bcs u have toiled with the emotions of suffering millions of nigerians whose solace amidst the hardship in the country is the success of our senior national team. Instead of pushing for a very good coach after the exit of peserro, u and your group of corrupt idiots pushed for the appointment of a Local coach without experience and qualifications to coach our national team. Now e don set, everybody don dey run helter skelter. God’s punishment awaits all of you in this life and the latter. Shame in you!!! If you like delete this one again.

  • Oakfield 1 month ago

    Hahahahaha….why are u deleting my posts mr ode????? How u hate to hear the truth raw….hahaha….I’m out for you today. Na una go tire

  • Oakfield_ 1 month ago

    What else can i say. The point is that you mr odegbami are one of the chief architects of the downfall of our team. U and your cohorts (former Queens English minister Dare and picnic and some idiots here on this forum) set the ball rolling amidst our calls for caution during the tine of rohr but the wickedness and evil in your hearts clouded your sense of reasoning. You worked and toiled for rohr to be booted out on the premise that ‘anybody’ can handle the national team and win trophies. You said me rohr was just riding on the individual talents in his team to achieve success. When he won very crucial matches, u played it down and attributed it to luck and individual brilliance. U said that rohr did not play the Nigerian brand of football which i guess is similar to that of brazil according to what your feeble wicked mind told you. U abused him on the media and everywhere even when there was no cause to. Eventually, rohr was shown the door and mr board master (Eguavon) breezed in like a hawk before the nations cup but later ran away like a possessed idiot when we recorded the worst performance of a Senior Nigerian team in history at afcon with the same crop of players that rohr used to win games and churn out very crucial results even against all odds! Now your wish has been granted again and we have plumeted like a meteorite with the same team that almost won the nations cup in February. You better hide your face in shame, mr man. You are a very wicked man and shall surely reap your rewards. The same coach u called a mechanic and a white journey man is about to qualify benin of all countries for the world cup just like he did with Nigeria. The same man took our team to the cleaners and taught your ‘own’ some very unforgettable lessons that has thrown the whole country and football family into turmoil. There is confusion everywhere and all those who laid the foundation for it have suddenly gone into hiding. You will never know peace me Segun, i put it to you squarely!!! Never! Bcs u have toiled with the emotions of suffering millions of nigerians whose solace amidst the hardship in the country is the success of our senior national team. Instead of pushing for a very good coach after the exit of peserro, u and your group of corrupt idiots pushed for the appointment of a Local coach without experience and qualifications to coach our national team. Now e don set, everybody don dey run helter skelter. God’s punishment awaits all of you in this life and the latter. Shame in you!!! Make una continue deleting my posts. It’s still the real @oakfield

  • Larry 1 month ago

    Uncle Segun, Your view is excessively skewed to take the heat off the most confused and corrupt federation ever existed.
    Now you’ve made it really hard to defend your view because your attitudes toward foreign managers are becoming irritating,shortsighted, and irrational.
    Pesseiro designed and applied the best formation based on SWOT analysis. Took the team to the best performance and FIFA ranking in a decade.
    Within 4 matches, Finidi created 2 miserable records, losing to Mali and Benin.
    Do you know our current FIFA ranking?

    You failed to examine the cause of local coaches failure! Till dare, Amodu remains the only locally trained coach (Keshi is foreign trained) to have made significant impact in the SE. You know why, Amodu spent his personal income to attend coaching courses ?
    Also, the last set of local coaches to have won CAF competitions Amodu, Ikhana, Emordi attended various coaching courses to improve and update their skills.
    How many local coaches have attended top rated coaching courses in recent years ?

    Here are my personal views.

    1. Hire an mbitious and savvy foreign coach with proven knowledge of African and World soccer. Opportunists, jobless, and serial failures in the 94-96 sets should be barrd in the new set-up. Most of them believe tge country owes them and behave like mafias who see nothing good in others.

    2. The nff overhauling with genuine soccer investors and admin supported.

    3. The current nff technical committee should be revamped with technocrats. Oliseh/Olofin to replace Egu

    4. Only the top and best at everytime is good for SE. Stop the recycling of players that have refused to grow in moral and mental development.Finidi was used to carry out a mission 7 home
    based and retain oga at the top boiz (highest home goals contributor, senior bench man, chukwueasy, snaily and lazy midfielder, Dongo, Moffat)

    5. Criteria for players selection should be based on performance in the last super eagles match, activity based on the level of league you play, leadership needs in that order. While Ndidi, Onyeka and Iwobi have depreciated Fisayo, Yusuf, Onyedika have continued to blossom. Kelechi,Awaziem, Onuachu, Moffi, and Chukwueze should be replaced with better alternatives. An active Balogun and fit Ekong can be relied upon for leadership on the field.

    6. Monthly top courses for all NPFL coaches and camping of the best team assemnled from NPFL clubs in preparation for CHAN.

    7. A bill for EFCC probe of every 3yrs of ndf activity and the past decade must be passed. This will keep them on their toes and deter incorrigible elements from the organization.

    • Kenneth 1 month ago

      What an elder can see while seated, a child can not see while standing. That’s all i will say with your write-up. How many of the recommendations Dr Odegbami as submitted to the sports Ministry have they carried out.

Update cookies preferences