By Ikenna Okonkwo
Nigerian Pilot Sports has scooped that Frenchman Paul Le Guen turned down a chance of becoming the Technical Adviser of Nigeria’s Super Eagles after he was warned off the job by the Chris Giwa-led faction of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
Giwa reacting to the news of the Frenchman’s appointment on Monday by the Amaju Pinnick and his group said his board had forewarned the foreign coaches to stay away from Nigeria as those who employed him do not have the legitimate authority and legal right to carry out such duty.
‘’The law of the land does not recognise them. He laments that the white coach will only be living in a fool’s paradise should he think he had gotten the job to manage the Nigeria senior national team.
“We have said it before now that the Nigeria Football Federation led by my very self does not have the plan to hire any foreign coach to manage the Super Eagles. We said we believe in the capability of our local coaches to handle the Super Eagles if given enough encouragement, support and necessary environment to succeed. It was in view of that we have employed Salisu Yusuf as the new Super Eagles coach.
“Our coaches have done so well in the discovering, nurturing and development of our players to the level they are now. How do we now suddenly begin to believe that they do not have what it takes to handle the Super Eagles? They only need for us to provide them with the same support and condition that we would ordinarily give a foreign coach.
Le Guen is also said to have refused a clause in the contract with the NFF that would have seen him reside in the country, citing security challenges in the North east.
“The NFF insisted that he would need to monitor the domestic league but Le Guen kicked against any arrangement that would see him go to match venues like Maiduguri and Kano,’’ said dependable our source on Tuesday evening.
Sources within the Glasshouse, headquarters of NFF disclosed that at no point did the Technical and Development committee of the federation arrange any interview with the former footballer who made it clear that he wasn’t interested in coaching Super Eagles even before his was recommended to the country’s football authority by the committee.
The Source who pleaded anonymity maintained that the low point of Nigerian football has been compounded by the recent job scandal occasioned by claims by NFF’s hierarchy that Le Guen was interviewed via an internet means, Skype on Monday when his recommendation was equally made.
“Nobody can trace anything that looks like the Frenchman applied to coach Super Eagles in the first place. So the issue of agreeing to the terms and conditions put to him by NFF does not arise.
“For the fact that he didn’t apply in the first place shows the man has no interest at all in the job. What I personally thought the technical committee would have done was to make do with those who indicated interest and not force the job on someone who wasn’t interested,” He added.