As debate over whether a foreign tactician should be hired for Super Eagles rages on, a ranking member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Hon Peter Akpataason has called for immediate halt in the ongoing plans by Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to do away with Nigerian coaches.
Hon. Akpatasan, chairman House Committee on Civil Society Organisation who spoke to Nigerian Pilot Sports in Abuja maintained that the 8th National Assembly would continue to make and back laws aimed at standing by Nigeria.
He insisted that the failure of Super Eagles in recent was occasioned by non-conducive environment which their handlers have faced in carrying out their jobs stating that an average Nigerian coach would excel if given adequate support.
Akpatasan who was the President of National Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG before he delved into politics added “sincerely at some point, when I saw the behaviour and output of Sunday Oliseh I was tempted to consider the need for a foreign coach but on a second thought when I actually looked at the stock of our ex-footballers and trained coaches that we have in this country, I believed that the failure is not exclusively the fault of the individual fault.
“Rather, football sports development requires a holistic approach and we should look at what is wrong with our sporting environment and development. I don’t think that these foreign coaches are better than our local coaches.
“And so, I won’t support the call for a foreign coach. It now lies with those concerened to fashion out a way of harnessing the abundant raw talents that abound in this country. Sports administration has not actually been the best in recent times.
“After the period of Westerhorf, we have not really seen that effort geared towards galvanizing the needed talents. All we keep seeing is that when we have competition, we go and engage individuals who on their own trained and equipped themselves. That’s not development.
Minister of Sports had on Tuesday tasked the technical committee of NFF to produce report of previous 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers and why Nigeria needs foreign coach in the next four weeks.