Since Sunday Oliseh’s resignation in February, the Super Eagles have been without a substantive handler with Samson Siasia and Yusuf Salisu given interim roles.
The Nigeria Football Federation had announced Paul Le Guen on July 18, 2016 as technical adviser of two-time African champions but the Frenchman turned down the offer claiming the NFF did not meet his term and conditions.
“All we are saying is, if you bring a foreign coach and qualify for the World Cup, is he going to be in Nigeria forever? An indigenous coach will be here forever. Come to think of it, bringing an expatriate is more expensive than a local coach.”
“Again, if Jose Mourinho for instance is our national team coach and Nigeria is facing Portugal, will he be playing for Nigeria to beat his country of birth? Never! His first loyalty is to Portugal unless he is someone who doesn’t believe in himself and his country,” he continued.
“If we eventually land a foreign coach, we should ask ourselves, will his salary be paid as at when due? Or do we think a whiteman would work for four months without being paid and won’t abandon the job? Whereas, a Nigerian coach would be owed close to six and seven months and still remain loyal and dedicated.
“Few months ago, Samson Siasia was calling for his five months unpaid salaries, can the NFF try that with a foreign coach?
“Anyway, If the NFF can pay a foreigner as at when due, and let our coaches get attached to him to learn , no problem but if these criteria are not met, we are not doing the right thing and moving miles backward,” he concluded.