By Sab Osuji:
Two former Super Eagles Dutch coaches, Clemense Westerhof and Bonfrere Jo have voiced their displeasures over the crisis that is rocking Nigeria football in the aftermath of Sunday Oliseh’s resignation late Thursday night as Super Eagles coach, one month before the crucial double-header AFCON qualifier against Pharaohs of Egypt, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Westerhof who has not hidden his doubt for Oliseh’s coaching capability for the Super Eagles plum job expressed concern that Nigeria’s AFCON qualification could be in danger, but quickly advised NFF to install a new coach even if in a stop-gap arrangement.
“I thought the problem between the (NFF) Federation and Oliseh is settled. Resigning with one month to the game (against Egypt) is not good, but NFF should get another coach to do the job,” Westerhof said from his base in the Netherlands.
“But it is not good to hold the coach’s money. But Nigeria must not fail to go the Nations Cup. Egypt match in Kaduna is very important, so NFF must get a new coach,” Westerhof told Completesportsnigeria.com.
On his part, Bonfrere Jo who guided Nigeria’s U-23 Dream Team to 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games soccer success told Completesportsnigeria.com that what Nigeria need at this point in time is a coach who can manage the ego of Nigeria’s overseas based players.
Reminded that Samson Siasia has been put in temporary charge of the Super Eagles to prosecute the all important Nations Cup qualification game against Egypt next month, Jo Bonfrere pointed out that Siasia is not the ideal coach for the Super Eagles.
“When he was there before, what did he do?,” Bonfrere queried rhetorically.
"What Nigeria needs is a good coach who can manage the ego of the Super Eagles foreign based players.
“That means you must look for a coach from outside Nigeria,” Bonfrere stressed.
Siasia will be assisted by Emmanuel Amuneke in prosecuting the Super Eagles versus Pharaohs of Egypt Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on March 25 in Kaduna.