NFF Doesn’t Believe In Nigerian Coaches, Says Christian Chukwu

January 17, 2022
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A former Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) head coach, Christian Chukwu, declared Sunday that the current NFF leadership does not trust in indigenous coaches.

He made these remarks after the Super Eagles, who were temporarily coached by Augustine Eguavoen, won 3-1 over Sudan at the Africa Cup of Nations.

“I can assure you that the present Nigeria Football Federation does not believe in Nigerian coaches,” the former player fondly told Channels Television’s Sunday Sports.

Chukwu, who captained Nigeria to the AFCON title in 1980, urged the country to follow in the footsteps of World Cup-winning teams.

The former Super Eagles defender, Eguavoen, was commended for helping Nigeria to the AFCON Round of 16 in Cameroon, where he was a member of the team.

“I am happy with what Eguavoen is doing now. Within a short period Eguaveon was given the job, you can see how he has turned the team around. Nigerian coaches can perform even better than foreign coaches but our federation doesn’t have respect for them,” he noted.

Chukwu was full of praise for his teammates and voiced confidence that they might win the tournament if they kept up their present performance.

“Based on what I have seen, I give thanks to Eguavoen. He has turned around the team. We are now playing as the Nigerian Super Eagles. And if they continue this way, we can win the cup at the end of the day.

“You can see the attacking force in the team, unlike when Rohr was there. Our game has changed completely and if they continue like this, I can assure you we will get to the final and, if possible, lift the cup,” he added.

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