Super Eagles Players Express Worries Over NFF’s Delay in Appointing New Manager: Report

Super Eagles Players Express Worries Over NFF’s Delay in Appointing New Manager: Report

Ero Samson
updated at April 12, 2024 at 3:57 PM
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  • The coaching situation of the Super Eagles remains a topical issue across Nigeria's footballing scene
  • The Nigeria Football Federation are yet to appoint a new manager since the departure of Jose Peseiro
  • A report of some select players expressing their worries about the delayed appointment has surfaced

The coaching conundrum surrounding the Super Eagles of Nigeria is creating quite a stir within the nation's footballing community.

Numerous managers have been rumoured to be in contention for the coveted role of coaching the Super Eagles, as per widespread reports. However, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are yet to officially confirm any such speculations or even disclose a shortlist of potential candidates.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been without a coach since the departure of Jose Peseiro. Image: Issouf Sanogo.
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Nonetheless, while discussions regarding the team's coaching situation continue, a recent report has highlighted concerns among certain players of the Nigerian team regarding the NFF's hesitance in appointing a coach.

Super Eagles players worried about NFF indecision

According to a report from media outlet OwnGoalNigeria, as many as six players of the Super Eagles are worried about the NFF's slow recruiting process of the next Nigeria coach.

The report highlights that these players, who spoke anonymously, stressed the importance of having the coaching situation sorted on time, as it would provide whoever is appointed as manager ample time to prepare and understand the national team ahead of the crucial FIFA World Cup qualification series match against South Africa and the Republic of Benin.

The report also stresses that some of these players would prefer a foreign manager as opposed to an indigenous coach, largely due to the cultural diversity present among the current crop of Super Eagles players.

So far, Finidi George remains the coach saddled with the responsibility of leading the Super Eagles. The 52-year-old was in charge for the March international window and in any instance a manager is not appointed imminently, he could continue in his role as interim coach.

Amuneke speaks on becoming Super Eagles coach

Sports Brief in another report stated that former Tanzania manager, Emmanuel Amuneke, has aired his thoughts regarding becoming Nigeria’s next coach.

The 53-year-old is one of the numerous managers in the running to be named coach by the NFF. The former Barcelona winger has stressed the importance of the Football Federation appointing a befitting coach for the country’s senior national team.

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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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