Nige­rian coaches re­ject NFF’s cri­te­ria for na­tional team ap­point­ment

Daily Trust - - OPINION - By David Ngobua

The Nigeria Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion has frowned at and con­demned the cri­te­ria and stan­dard given by the Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion, NFF for the ap­point­ment of new coaches to the va­cant na­tional team po­si­tions.

NFF had ad­ver­tised that in­ter­ested ap­pli­cants should ap­ply for the na­tional teams coach­ing job with U-17, U20, U23 male and fe­male cat­e­gories, with at least CAF C li­cense cer­tifi­cates as min­i­mum re­quire­ments.

How­ever, in a swift re­ac­tion through their pres­i­dent Coach Ladan Bosso who is a for­mer coach of the na­tional U-20 team, the coaches as­so­ci­a­tion said the cri­te­ria given by the NFF for the va­cant jobs are too low.

“We have cat­e­gories of na­tional teams, so also we have cat­e­gories of coaches in this coun­try too and that is the stan­dard all over the world. So we will ad­vise the NFF through the Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee that they should cat­e­go­rize the coaches ac­cord­ing to the na­tional teams.

“We have over 150 coaches with CAF B li­cense in the coun­try and we have over 300 coaches with CAF C li­cense while we have 45 coaches with CAF A li­cense. So there­fore, we ex­pected that the ap­pli­cants for the head coach of the U-17, U-20 and U-23 must pos­sess CAF A li­cense while their as­sis­tants should have at least CAF B li­censes.

“The as­sis­tant coaches of the U-20 and U17 should pos­sess CAF B and C li­censes re­spec­tively with vast ex­pe­ri­ences. We as an as­so­ci­a­tion are ready to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for the coaches’ per­for­mances good or bad if the NFF yield to our ad­vice,” he promised.

Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser of El-Kanemi War­riors and pres­i­dent of Nigeria Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion, Ladan Bosso (L) and Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser of Nasarawa United be­fore their match at the Lafia town­ship sta­dium

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