By Harrison Jalla
The Super Eagles dismal performance on Thursday against Lesotho under the watch of Coach Jose Paseiro is a clear indication that Nigeria would be bundled out of the upcoming Africa Nations Cup and may not qualify for 2026 World Cup, if Coach Jose Paseiro is not sacked now.
Jose Paseiro is a baggage inherited from the immediate past NFF Board. What is there to emulate or carry over from a Board that failed in all ramifications? Before the emergence of the Ibrahim Gusau led NFF Board, Coach Paseiro has shown Nigerians through his woeful performances that he has no capacity to thinker a brand like the Super Eagles.
How did Gusau and his Board arrive at the decision to retain Jose Paseiro? When are we going to wipe out this mental slavery of it must be a European? What can this Portuguese coach offer the Super Eagles? Morocco, Senegal and Cameron and others showcased their indigenous coaches in Qatar 2022 World Cup.
What is wrong in engaging coaches like Emmanuel Amunike, Sunday Oliseh, Finidi George and some of the legions of ex-internationals we have and invest in their training and retraining, which a fund already have been provided for through the streams of FIFA funding.
Coach Stephen Keshi of blessed memory has proved that an indigenous coach can win the African Nations Cup and even go beyond the second round of the World Cup. A responsible Football Federation would have built on Coach Keshi’s legacy moving forward.
The hiring of Coach Gernot Rohr and Jose Paseiro is a huge set back to Nigeria Football. Enough of the emotional trauma, harrowing experience and pains to Nigerians occasioned by the irresponsible leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation. The Ibrahim Gusau led NFF must sack Jose Paseiro now, it’s better to grow with our own indigenous coaches than wasting $70,000 monthly for a coach whose stock in trade is to bring sorrow and pains to Nigerians in every game.
- HARRISON JALLA, a football analyst