Thursday, April 10, 2008

Nigeria Has a New Coach, Same as the Old

Just because the format's changed doesn't mean the content will overnight ... so let's get to some African footie news.

The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) announced today that Shaibu Amodu has returned for his third spell as coach of the Super Eagles.

Amodu will be assisted by former internationals Daniel Amokachi, Alloy Agu and Fatai Amoo.
The quartet were handed a two-year contract with the mandate of qualifying the country for the 2010 World Cup.

"We have strong faith in these coaches and they are aware of our expectations," NFA boss Sani Lulu said.

"Qualifying Nigeria for both the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and Nations Cup in Angola as well as doing well in the later is a top priority. The board members of the NFA have unanimously agreed to support them and give them everything they require to succeed."

Amodu, 48, takes over from German coach Berti Vogts who was fired after Nigeria's disappointing showing at the recent Cup of Nations in Ghana.

He returns for a third spell in charge of the squad having coached his country in 1996 and 2000.

His best moment came in 2002 when he helped the country qualify for the World Cup and African Cup of Nations.

Amodu's first game in charge will be in June when they take on South Africa in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

They will also play Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea in Group Four of the qualifiers.

My POV: Third time's a charm.

Or ... three times? He's been fired twice, no?

Not sure what to make of this. The NFA clearly wanted a Nigerian coach. But is hiring Amodu the smartest choice? He's a bit of a retread, no?


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Chxta said...

Unlike quite a few people I think Amodu is a step in the right direction. His teams dominated Nigerian football for the better part of a decade from the late 1980s so his competence is not in question. The two questions that arise from this appointment is if the NFA will give him the cooperation necessary for him to do his job, and if the players would behave themselves. If both occur, then he should be just fine.