The Nigerian Coaches Association has blasted NFF President Amaju Pinnick over what the association sees as lack of trust and belittling of indigenous coaches. The president of the Nigerian Coaches Association Bitrus Bewarang said the NFF boss was unfair to Nigerian coaches when he said that the era of indigenous coaches handling the senior national team ended with Sunday Oliseh.
“The attention of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association has been drawn to a statement credited to the NFF President Amaju Pinnick that enough is enough for Nigerian Coaches in the Super Eagles. We want to say as an Association that that statement from the NFF President was the most unfortunate in the present dispensation. This statement is coming at time when the present administration is struggling to conserve the little foreign currencies that it is available, that is when the NFF leadership is thinking of embarking on a jamboree of employing a foreign coach who may not be competent as those that are based here at home.
Moreover, it has become very evident that the NFF finds it very difficult to fulfill all their contractual agreement with indigenous coaches whenever they are engaged, a situation they would not be the same when they employ a foreigner. We became more worried over this statement because the Football Federation has just drafted some indigenous coaches to go on a rescue mission to qualify the country for next edition of the African Cup of Nations, after which a foreigner would be appointed to take the team to the competition proper and probably the World Cup. This antics is unacceptable by our Association, as it has become a normal trend in country to use the indigenous coaches to achieve a target, only to dump them for foreigners at the end of the day. We reject this antics to the totality and implore the NFF to always give the indigenous coaches equal respect as they do to foreigners,” he said