NFF Resolves to Hire Foreign Coach ,   Days After Eagles’ FWC  Poor Performance

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Joel Ajayi 

Few days after dismal performance of the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the World cup qualification matches between the Bafana Bafana of South Africa and Cheetahs of Benin Republic, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has resolved to hire a foreign coach for the eagles.

The reports have it that former Super Eagles star, Finidi George was hired by the NFF to replace Jose Peseiro as Eagles Coach

However,  Finidi presided over a dismal performance of the Eagles in the last two qualifying matches, which forced soccer-loving Nigerians to call for his sack

A communique issued on Thursday after the the meeting of NFF executive committee held in hybrid mode on Wednesday also expressed displeasure with the poor attitude of some of the players to the National Assignment,

The Executive Committee, however, apologised to Nigerians for the dismal output and subsequent poor returns of the senior men national team, Super Eagles, in four out of 10 matches in the ongoing qualification series for the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals

The committee  and pledged to work assiduously and put necessary measures in place to ensure a better-prepared squad ahead of the AFCON 2025 qualifiers in September this year and the resumption of the World Cup qualifiers in March 2025.

The communique reads: “The Executive Committee resolved to employ an expatriate Technical Adviser for the Super Eagles in the coming weeks, ahead of the AFCON qualifiers and the remaining FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.

“The Committee resolved to beef up the NFF Technical Department with more qualitative hands. Equally, the Technical and Development Sub-Committee will be re-jigged with immediate effect.

“Notwithstanding the challenges that attended the team’s preparations for the Day 3 and Day 4 games of the FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, owing to a 38-hour nationwide industrial action, the Board expressed displeasure with the poor attitude of some of the players to the National Assignment, and unanimously decided in favour of a more robust scouting programme of outstanding Nigeria-eligible players from across the four corners of the universe, who can add tremendous value to the nation’s flagship team.

“The Executive Committee also resolved that a Stakeholders’ Forum be convened in a few weeks’ time, to deliberate on amendments to the current NFF Statutes, in conjunction with world football-governing body, FIFA.

“While appreciating the fact that preparation of teams involved in the Olympic Games fall squarely within the purview of the Federal Ministry of Sports Development, the Executive Committee stated unequivocally that it will provide robust support, within the room allowed it, to the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, to adequately prepare for this year’s Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, taking place in France 24th July – 11th August.

“In order to ensure an impressive performance of the U20 Women National Team, Falconets, at this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals in Colombia, 31st August – 22nd September, the Executive Committee mandated its Technical and Development Sub-Committee to diligently and swiftly consider the programme submitted by the Head Coach for the team’s preparation.”

The committee approved a two-phase camping for the team, with a four-week camping in Nigeria to be followed by a two-week final camping programme in Colombia before the commencement of the tournament

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