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Why NFF should not hire another foreign coach for Nigeria

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Chukwu Ikechukwu

April 21, 2024 at 7:04 am

  • The Super Eagles next coach should not be a foreigner
  • Nigerian lawmakers are opposing the hiring of a foreign coach
  • More than 40 foreign coaches have applied for the vacant Super Eagles job

The Nigerian Football Federation’s quest to hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles has hit a wall as the organization fails to get the support of politicians and lawmakers.

More than 100 coaches have signed up to become the next coach of the three-time African Cup of Nations champions following the departure of Jose Peseiro in February.

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Emmanuel Amunike is the only local coach reportedly being considered by the NFF to become the next Super Eagles coach. Photo by Joosep Martinson.
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According to the Daily Post, Emmanuel Amuneke, Domenec Torrent and Antonio Conceicao are the three coaches the NFF is considering after making the final three-man shortlist for the Super Eagles coaching job.

Torrent is the number one candidate among foreign coaches, with Conceicao as second choice, while former international Amunike is the only local coach in line for the vacant job.

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The NFF has been given a two-week deadline by Sports Minister John Enoh to appoint a new coach for the national team, but hiring a foreign coach may now be an option that goes out the window due to the opposition thrown.

Lawmakers kick foreign coach

Meanwhile, the Nigerian National Assembly has washed its hands against hiring a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles as the 2026 World Cup qualifiers approach, The Guardian reports.

Lawmakers are urging the NFF and the Sports Ministry to put the country’s integrity first before appointing a new coach, after questioning the body’s financial capabilities to appoint another expat for the job to pay.

The NFF has previously relied on federal government funding to pay former foreign coaches and lawmakers insist that things will be different this time if they decide to hire a foreigner instead of a local coach.

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Enoh speaks about the Super Eagles vacancy

Earlier, Sports short reported that the Super Eagles are without a coach ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying series.

However, as fans’ impatience grows amid the lengthy recruitment process, Nigeria’s Minister of Sports, Enoh, has provided an update on the NFF’s progress in appointing the next leader for the Super Eagles.

Enoh stressed that the responsibility of appointing a coach for the Super Eagles rests with the NFF and a new coach will be announced in the next two weeks.