Super Eagles: Decision On Foreign Coach To Be Made In 4 Weeks...

Super Eagles: Decision On Foreign Coach To Be Made In 4 Weeks – Sports Minister

By Felix Ojong | Sports Reporter on April 6, 2016
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Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung (l) and minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed at a stakeholders' dialogue on streghtening Nigeria's transistion framework for democratic consolidation organised by NDI in Abuja on Monday, November 16, 2015 | NAN Photo

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), will make a final decision on whether to hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles in a month’s time.

This information was disclosed to the press by Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung after a meeting with the leadership of the country’s football federation on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Abuja.

“We debated extensively on the issue of a foreign coach and it was agreed that the technical committee should make a case why we would need a foreign coach,” Dalong told journalists.

“We need to know where we will get the funds, there should be an established source of funding for a foreign coach.

“I expect a report from the NFF in four weeks.”

There is a problem with the sport minister’s postulations, the NFF is an independent body and does not report to the Nigerian government and it does not report to the Minister. We don’t know who is the “we” Dalong is referring to in his comments.

Government interference in football administration could get the NFF suspended by the world’s football governing body, FIFA.

Last week, the Sports Minister apologized to Nigerians for the failure of the Super Eagles to qualify for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in 2017 in Gabon after they lost to Egypt in Alexandria.

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