Frank Onyeka: Super Eagles Midfielder Describes the Qualities the Next Nigeria Coach Must Possess

Frank Onyeka: Super Eagles Midfielder Describes the Qualities the Next Nigeria Coach Must Possess

Ero Samson
updated at April 3, 2024 at 12:11 PM
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  • The Super Eagles are still without a coach following the departure of Portuguese manager Jose Peseiro
  • The Nigeria Football Federation are actively searching for an ideal manager to lead the national team
  • A Super Eagles star has outlined the qualities that any manager aspiring to coach Nigeria must possess

The conversation surrounding the coaching situation of the Super Eagles of Nigeria continues to echo throughout the country's footballing community.

Despite ongoing reports suggesting that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are nearing the appointment of a new manager for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalist, little seems to have changed in the recruitment process, as the Super Eagles remain without a manager.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been without a permanent coach since the departure of Jose Peseiro. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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Nonetheless, with the clock ticking for the Football Federation to appoint a coach for the team ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification series, Super Eagles midfielder, Frank Onyeka, has outlined the qualities the next manager should embody.

Onyeka speaks on the next Super Eagles coach

In an interview with media outlet, the 26-year-old shared his perspective on the qualities he believes the next Super Eagles coach must possess.

"We need a coach who can bring out the best in the players and, of course, qualify us for the World Cup," he stated.

The words of the Brentford midfielder come at a crucial time, particularly given the calibre of coaches rumoured to be in contention for the role.

A flurry of unexpected names, including US U19 coach, Michael Nsien, and former Cameroon manager, Antonio Conceicao, have been linked with the Nigeria coaching position.

However, while Onyeka has shared his views, it is crucial to emphasise that the ultimate responsibility rests with the NFF technical committee to select a suitable manager who meets all relevant criteria to lead the Super Eagles.

The committee’s choice will be instrumental in ensuring that the achievements of the 2023 AFCON are not only sustained but also built upon for future success.

Guardiola’s assistant favourite for Super Eagles role

Sports Brief in a previous report stated that Pep Guardiola’s longest-serving ally, Domenec Torrent, is favourite to be named Nigeria’s next manager.

The 61-year-old is reported to have been chosen by the football federation ahead of Conceicao and every other candidate vying for the role. Torrent was recently manager of Turkish club, Galatasaray.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).
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