NFF Technical Committee Disowns Eagles’ List
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Committee has declared that the it was not involved in the selection of the players for the 2015 Nations Cup qualifier against Congo slated for September 6 in Calabar.
In an interview with The Guardian, former Super Eagles handler, Christian Chukwu, a member of the Committee, noted that as a professional body, the NFF should have assigned an interim coach to handle the Nations Cup qualifier game against Congo pending when the body resolves the contract issue with Stephen Keshi.
He wondered why the NFF would release the list of players to prosecute the game before appointing a coach that would handle the team.
The former Harambee Star of Kenya manager, noted that it would be improper and unprofessional for any coach to take charge of a team he did not select, stressing that such move does not augur well for a coach that knows his job.
Chukwu, however, debunked claims that he has been contacted to take over the Eagles as interim coach.
In his words: ”The Technical Committee was not part of the selection of the 23 players released this week for the Nations Cup qualifier against Congo on September 6. I don’t know where the list emanated from. If the NFF want to use another coach for the Nations Cup qualifier, on acting capacity, I think the coach would have been given the nod to select the players he wants for the game.
“The coach knows the pattern he wants to employ and the right players that would give him the result. It is not done anywhere in the world for a team list to be released without the consent of the coach that will handle the team. If it is me, Amodu or any other coach that will work with the players, NFF would should have carried the coach along in players’ selection.”
Meanwhile, the NFF Secretary General, Musa Ahmadu, has stated that the NFF would name the coach that would handle the senior national team against Congo next week if Keshi refuses to shift ground on his salary.
The NFF Secretary declined to give information on the source that listed for the Nations Cup tie against Congo, saying that the federation decided to keep it secret based on issues known to them. He said that the Eagles camp for the Congo tie would open September 1 in Calabar.
”Nigerians should be patient with the NFF. The Federation is yet finalise contractual talks with Keshi. But an acting coach would be named next week if we fail to reach an agreement with Keshi.”
“On the source of the 23-man list released by the federation this week, NFF would not disclose the source of the invitation of the players. We are keeping it close to our chest. There is no course for alarm as the Nations Cup qualifier against Congo will be successful.”