Foreign coach for the Falcons: A gift or a curse?

Former Super Falcons boss, Eucharia Uche has stressed that only a competent technical crew from Nigeria will improve the performance of the Super Falcons.

The Super Falcons failed to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics after their 2-1 away defeat to Equatorial Guinea in Bata, on Sunday.

Former Nasarawa Amazons coach, Christopher Danjuma has been in charge of the team on interim basis after the sack of Edwin Okon.

“Let’s call a spade a spade. I still believe we have good coaches in Nigeria. A situation where our performance will go down from what it is every four years does not tell good of any technical crew. A good technical crew when set up, should be able to improve the performance from where it is to another stage. Look at our present performance, we are one or two steps backward and it shouldn’t be like that.” a disappointed Uche posited.

It was reported that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were in talks with Sweden coach, Pia Sundhage at the 2015 Women”s World Cup in Canada but she turned down the offers from Nigeria. The NFF however insists that the appointment of a foreign coach is still in the pipeline.

“NFF should not go for a foreign coach,” she retorted “That is if my opinion is accepted. We have what Super Falcons need in this country. I don’t see why we should be going for a foreign coach. How many of the foreign coaches in charge of female teams in Africa have lifted the Africa Women Championship?” she asked.

“A foreign coach coached South Africa (Vera Paw) at the 2014 Africa Women Championship in Namibia where were they? Foreign coach is not the answer. We have coaches in the country that can match the foreign coaches and even do better. I don’t see why we should go for one I don’t support the idea but then I don’t have the power to say no to that I believe the NFF know better.”

She further added that the NFF Technical Committee should take time in appointing credible coaches saying “We have them available here in Nigeria and they will be willing to give their best when saddled with the responsibility.”

Former Super Eagles coach Bonfrere Jo and Former assistant coach of Germany, Thomas Obliers are the foreigners to have been in charge of the Super Falcons. Jo was appointed as technical director over Paul Hamilton to the 1991 Fifa Women”s World Cup in China while Obliers worked alongside Eucharia Uche as technical assistant at the 2011 Fifa Women”s World Cup in Germany.

The former Bayelsa Queens coach was in charge when the six time African champions were eliminated from the 2012 London Olympic qualifying race by Cameroon 4-3 on penalties in Yaounde after a 3-3 aggregate scoreline‎
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