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Opinion Update

HARRISON JALLA PERSPECTIVE: Pinnick’s Obsession With Foreign Coaches And Disdain For Local Coaches

Amaju Pinnick, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who also doubles as chief scout for Super Eagles, has less than eight months in office, that is even if he could convince the courts that his elections in 2014 and 2018 were not through the backdoor.

Pinnick is now riding on the back of former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Jose Mourhino to take Nigeria through another inglorious and tortuous journey with a third-rate foreign coach purportedly recommended by Mourhino.

The dangerous aspect of Pinnick’s globe troting few days to AFCON is that he is deliberately dragging the Honourable Minister of Sports along.

What is wrong with coach Austin Eguavoen leading the Super Eagles to Cameroon for the AFCON?

Why is Pinnick so obsessed with foreign coaches?

Why is he priming Eguavoen to fail with the distraction of the needless pursuit of a foreign coach even within days to the AFCON?

Coach Jose Mourhino is a Portuguese and Portugal has not gone close to winning the World Cup in his prime as a coach even when Portugal won the Euros a few years ago Mourhino had no input.

Why is Pinnick hell bent on destroying the fabric of Nigeria Football?

He hired Gernot Rohr for five years and the Super Eagles with the array of young talents at his disposal had no team coordination, lacked a winning mentality and were completely technically deficient.

In fact, Super Eagles under Rohr struggled with minnows like Sierra Leone, Cape Verde, and shockingly lost to Central African Republic and Madagascar.

Why would a man that has less than eight months in office be globetrotting in the guise of shopping for a foreign coach?

What would his successor do upon assumption of office?

Key stakeholders in Nigeria Football are working round the clock waiting for Pinnick’s exit in August 2022 to rebuild Nigeria Football, which has been destroyed beyond measure by in his eight inglorious years in office.

So, no to foreign coach!



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