Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) general-secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi has charged the country’s indigenous coaches to step up their efforts, in order to improve their standard and churn out better results with their respective clubs and national teams.
Speaking against the backdrop of agitations by Nigerian soccer fans for a local tactician to take over the Super Eagles from Franco-German gaffer, Gernot Rohr, Sanusi stressed that indigenous coaches need to improve in their output, which he says would be boosted once they are upright, diligent and alive to their responsibilities while on duty with any team.
The NFF scribe stated such while hosting the new executive committee members of Nigeria Football Coaches Association at the secretariat of the soccer governing body in Abuja.
Sanusi gave his charge after president of the coaches’ body, Isah Ladan Bosso thanked the NFF for support and encouragement, and outlined a number of requests; including that any expatriate coach employed to work in Nigeria to register with the body before starting on the job.
Bosso, a former head coach of Nigeria’s under-20 and -23 national teams at different periods, was in company of Coaches Victor Nwakanma (the second vice-president), Etta Egbe (public relations officer), Diana Asak (welfare officer), Justine Madugu (financial secretary), Danlami Usman Akawu (assistant training officer), Abdulrazaq Usman (auditor), John Sam Obuh (treasurer) and Stanley Eguma (secretary).
Also at the meeting were Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme (NFF’s deputy general secretary), Bola Oyeyode (director of competitions), Bitrus Bewarang (director of technical), Charity Kadiri (director of finance), Ademola Olajire (director of communications), as well as assistant technical directors, Abdulrafiu Yusuf and Siji Lagunju, head psychologist, Dr Robinson Okosun and head of women football, Ruth David.
On the request for the NFCA to have a member on the board of the NFF, Sanusi, who himself is a certified coach, added that the coaches should allow the NFF Bill receive the ascent of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Reform Committee to conclude work to see what can be done.
Sanusi said: “I hold this body in high esteem, as I made my name in football and not even in academics.
“I will tell you the home truth because I am also one of you. We have a situation in which some coaches are not alive to their responsibilities.
“We know some of them who instigate players to agitate unnecessarily, especially in the national teams, because they stand to benefit from such agitation. It is not appropriate.
“We will look at the various requests that you have made, including strengthening the Technical Department and make even more robust the CAF coaching courses that we have been running.
“I can assure you that we will also grant the NFCA an office at the new NFF Office, and look at the issue of a few national team coaches that are being owed with a few to offsetting those debts.”