As the battle between the out of contract Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) gets messier, former Nigeria International, Arthur Egbunam, has advised Keshi to sign the new deal or step aside for someone else, since there were more than enough Nigerians capable of coaching the team.
The former Enugu Rangers midfielder, who does not support the hiring a foreign coach, stressed that if Nigeria coaches were prepared to upgrade themselves, they would do better than foreign coaches.
“I think it is high time Keshi accepts the new deal. We must learn to put the country first rather than self. Since Nigeria returned from the World Cup, it has been one crisis or the other, our football has suffered serious setback and it is time to put heads together and move the game forward. On the other hand, if it happens that he refuses to sign the new deal, he has no option but to step aside for another person because Nigeria is bigger than any individual.”
He slammed the technical committee members for nursing the idea of going for a foreign coach to manage the Super Eagles.
“I don’t support foreign coach. There are many indigenous coaches that can manage the team successfully with good results if there is enough motivation and incentives.
“The major problem Nigerian coaches’ has is that majority of them have refused to upgrade themselves. If they do, they will do better than some of these white guys who come to Africa for their retirement benefit.
If we so desperately need a sound technical adviser, NFF can go for managers like Jose Mourinho among others,” he said.