Taribo West Names Three Nigeria Legends That Should Be Super Eagles Assistant Coaches

Taribo West Names Three Nigeria Legends That Should Be Super Eagles Assistant Coaches

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at March 26, 2024 at 8:59 PM
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  • Nigeria's legendary defender, Taribo West, wants Nigerian football to thrive
  • He wants former Super Eagles stars to be assistant coaches in the team
  • Finidi George was appointed as interim coach after Jose Peseiro's exit

Nigeria's head coach role has been the subject of heated discussions for weeks since the departure of Jose Peseiro earlier this month.

Super Eagles legend, Taribo West, has shared his thoughts on the situation, which has no end in sight.

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Taribo West was not happy with Jose Peseiro's tactics in the 2020 AFCON final. Photo by MB Media.
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His former teammate, Finidi George, is leading the team in an interim capacity. With crucial 2026 World Cup qualifiers looming, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), will be under pressure to make a decision.

Peseiro led Nigeria to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations final but they painfully lost to hosts Ivory Coast, per BBC. Nevertheless, it was their best performance since the 2023 edition.

Several big names have been linked with the role, including Pitso Mosimane, Emmanuel Amuneke, and former Cameroon coach, Antonio Conceicao.

West is happy if former Nigerian internationals get the assistant role.

"Any of them (Finidi or Amuneke) can be the assistant, I don't have any issues with that. (Daniel) Amokachi was an assistant for about six tenures. Whoever it is, I'm all about making Nigerians happy. Whether (Sylvanus) Okpala, Conceicao or anybody at all. Someone divine that can move our football football forward," via Brila FM.

Whoever becomes Nigeria's coach will have to match at least Peseiro's achievement at the 2025 AFCON in Morocco.

West blasts Peseiro

Sports Brief reported on West criticising Peseiro after Nigeria lost the final of the 2023 AFCON to Ivory Coast on February 11.

The former Inter Milan defender highlighted that Peseiro and his staff could've devised a better strategy against the hosts.

Nigeria beat the Elephants in the group stage with a defensive approach that backfired in the final.

Okpoala declares interest in Nigeria's role

Sports Brief also reported on former Nigeria international, Sylvanus Okpala, expressing his desire to be the next head coach of the national team.

The 1980 AFCON winner was part of Stephen Keshi's staff during the 2013 AFCON, which Nigeria won, in South Africa.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.