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Nigerians and their coaches. Nigerians should learn to keep coaches and not sack them as if they are changing baby's diapers.

Submitted: May 08, 2008

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Submitted: May 08, 2008





2008 Nations Cup has come and gone but it has left a lot of memories in the minds of Nigerians and others all over the world. One of the memories the Nation Cup has brought to mind is the fact that Nigerian coaches do not always last on the job.


The performance of the boys at the tournament led to the voice of Nigerians requesting for the sack of Berti Vogts. This has then led one to go down memory lane and discover that the sacking of coaches has become one of the duties of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and the voice of Nigerians. This has also become a disease in our sport industry.


Going down memory line on “coach sacking”, this became effective after Tunisia ‘94’s African Cup of Nations when Clement Westerhof was the national team coach. Though, he resigned, his then assistant, Bonfere Jo took over the team. Bonfere Jo took the Dream One team to Atlanta Olympics and he was thereafter asked to go and was succeeded by Philip Troussier.


In 1998, Philip Troussier was sacked and Tiz Libregte was invited over to coach the team. His tenure with the national team was short-lived and was then succeeded by Bora Miltonovic in the same year (1998).


Bora led the Eagles to France ’98 and after a very woeful performance he was asked to pack his bag and leave the country. After his exit, he was again invited alongside Bonfere Jo to choose which of them would lead the boys to then Ghana 2000 African Cup of Nations, which was co-hosted with Nigeria. At the end Bonfere Jo signed the contract and after the tournament he was sacked of which he returned to his base in Holland.


In 2002, we came home and hired Shaibu Amodu assisted by Stephen Okechukwu Keshi. They were both booted out after a disappointing performance in Mali 2002. Adeboye Onigbinde was then called to coach the senior team and led them to Korea/Japan 2002. He coached them for 3 months and after the World Cup, he was asked to go. Another indigenous coach, Christian Chukwu took the assignment in 2004 but was sacked, though he won a bronze medal for Nigeria.


In the same vein, Austin Eguavon was invited to take the Super Eagles to Egypt 2006 of which he won a bronze medal for the country. Though he was not sacked, he stayed with the team till 2007. By the beginning of 2007, Berti Vogts was invited and took up the job of which his contract was to end by 2010 but unfortunately because of the disgraceful performance at the Nations Cup in Ghana, he was asked to pack his bag and baggages.


With this history, when is the sport industry and we Nigerians going to cure ourselves of this “coach sacking” disease? Why can’t we just allow these coaches to remain till the end of their contracts? When are we going to stop changing coaches as if we are changing a baby’s diaper? Though they make mistakes and are defeated, we should allow them more time with the boys and also work and improve on their mistakes. Nigerians let’s give these coaches a chance. Everyone deserves a second chance.


Obadina Oluwafunmilayo

HND II Mass Communication

Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu,

Lagos State.



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