By Uzor Odigbo | At Dailyindependentnig.com
In spite of the fact that Nigeria is well respected in the footballing world, one can not proudly say that the nation’s football coaches have been seeking jobs beyond the shores of the country, as expected.
It will be instructive to point out here that apart from Shuaibu Amodu, who had a stint with Orlando Pirates Football Club of South Africa, between 1996 and 1997, no other Nigerian football coach has handled any football club outside the country.
In a similar vein, only three Nigerian coaches have coached national teams in Africa. They are: Kashimawo Laloko, Gambia, Christian Chukwu, Kenya, and Stephen Keshi, Togo and Mali.
Coaches and soccer technocrats consider this situation as not too good and have suggested that the issue should be addressed so that the indigenous coaches can have the required experience going forward.
Former Nigeria Football Association (NFA) board member and chairman, Nigerian Coaches Association, Austin Akosa, opined that with the country’s level of football development, Nigeria should be exporting coaches to other African countries like it does with players.
He said, “Nigerian coaches are well trained and can stand on their own anywhere in the world, but most of my colleagues lack self-confidence and will power to work elsewhere, especially outside Nigeria. I personally expect that coaches that won the FIFA and CAF U-17 and U-20 World Cup should be attractive enough to countries in Africa and even beyond for coaching jobs.”
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