Adokiye Amiesimaka, a former Green Eagles player reacting to the dismissal of Stephen Keshi as Super Eagles coach, has said that the action will not change anything.
“We have had 14 coaches since France 1998, does it mean that we do not have qualified coaches that can transform the team? Sacking Keshi and his crew does not change a thing; how do we expect Keshi to perform magic overnight, our problem did not start today. At the senior national level we should have elite players from the local league, but since Clement Westerhof, we have stopped producing players discovered from our league. The crop of players we produce these days shows the level of decline of our football,” Amiesimakasaid.
The former national team player said the NFF must focus on the development of football at the grassroots in order to halt the current slide in the performance of the Super Eagles.
Keshi was named the Super Eagles coach in 2012 after Samson Siasia failed to qualify Nigeria for the Nation’s Cup held in Equatorial Guinea.
Keshi subsequently led the Super Eagles to win the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa and to the second round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Keshi alongside other technical members of the national team were sacked Thursday morning despite Nigeria’s 3-1 win over Sudan, which came after twolosses and a draw in previous encounters in the qualifying rounds, placing it in doubtful position of qualifying for the main event.
The Nigeria Football Federation hasreplaced Keshi with ShuaibuAmodu, a former coach of the senior national team.
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