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  • Updated: March 02, 2024

Engage indigenous coach for Super Eagles — Odegbami to NFF

Engage indigenous coach for Super Eagles — Odegbami to NFF

Former international footballer, Segun Odegbami has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to consider appointing an indigenous coach to lead the Super Eagles. 

Odegbami made the appeal during an interview in Lagos, noting the need for a capable local coach to take charge of the national team. 

His call comes following the departure of Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro, who expressed gratitude to the NFF and other stakeholders for the opportunity to serve in a farewell message.

He said, “Unless we want to be enslaved forever, in our colonial mentality where we think that only the white can coach us to success.

“All around us, we hear about some Nigerians who are excelling in all fields of endeavours and they are leaving the country to go and help other countries. Football is not rocket science, but a simple game, we have lots of Nigerians who have all the qualifications to take us to any level.

“For me, I won’t suffer from colonial mentality again and enough of foreign coaches, now, it’s time for a Nigerian Coach to handle our national team.”

He urged the erstwhile Super Eagles Coach, Peseiro to move on out of the coaching role of the Super Eagles.

Odegbami said that Peseiro had performed averagely as coach of the Super Eagles.

“Peseiro did not resign as the story is being peddled, his contract ended and it was not renewed, end of story. He should bow out when the ovation is loud. If the ovation was not loud, the government wouldn’t have given him the award that nobody could have ever imagined.

“Peseiro got a reward that has never been given to any coach in the world, not because he won the AFCON, but because he came second.

“He should leave Nigeria alone to face the future. We need a coach who will take us to win something because we are tired of coaches who cannot win anything for us,” he said.

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