Sodje Warns NFF That ‘Delaying Appointment of Super Eagles Coach Dangerous’

Sodje Warns NFF That ‘Delaying Appointment of Super Eagles Coach Dangerous’

Chukwu Ikechukwu
April 17, 2024 at 9:39 AM
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  • Sam Sodje wants the Nigerian Football Federation to quickly appoint a new coach
  • The Super Eagles have been without a coach since the exit of Jose Peseiro
  • Over 100 coaches across the globe have applied for the vacant position

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Former Nigeria defender, Sam Sodje has warned the Nigeria Football Federation of the consequences of delaying the appointment of a new coach for the Super Eagles.

With just about two months to the crucial World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and the Benin Republic, the NFF is yet to appoint a coach for the national team thereby causing uncertainty surrounding the leadership of the Super Eagles.

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Emmanuel Amunike is reportedly the leading candidate to become the next Super Eagles coach. Photo by Alex Grimm.
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According to Soccernet, Sodje says the current situation does not look good for the NFF and the Super Eagles as they continue to delay the appointment of a new coach.

“I think we’re leaving it too late. A couple of months going into the World Cup qualifiers, not having a manager doesn’t look good at all because it’s not club football.
A coach doesn’t see his players as often as he would love to because it’s international football. It’s so sad that we don’t see how important preparation is to these games.”

Nigeria will host South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium before traveling to Ivory Coast where they will take on the Squirrels of Benin Republic in June.

Ekpo berates NFF over coach appointment

Meanwhile, another former Nigerian international, Friday Ekpo, has advised the NFF to be proactive in choosing a coach for the Super Eagles after almost two months of looking for Peseiro’s successor, Vanguard reports.

The ex-Nigeria defender disclosed that delaying the appointment of the national team coach would affect the Super Eagles’ performance ahead of the World Cup qualifiers.

Emmanuel Amunike and Antony Conceicao are reportedly among the leading candidates being considered by the NFF for the vacant Super Eagles job.

Amunike and Finidi meet again

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Finidi was spotted with Amunike at the Enyimba Stadium as they both battle to become the next permanent coach of the Super Eagles.

The Super Eagles legends have both applied for the vacant coaching role in the Nigerian national team, and the NFF has yet to conclude their selection.

One of the major highlights during the game between Enyimba and Heartland in the NPFL was the meeting between the former Nigerian internationals.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..