Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has given reasons why he prefers a foreign coach to manage the national team.
Pinnick has been criticised in several quarters for his preference for expatriates to handle the Super Eagles over the local coaches.
The Piinnick led NFF are looking for a new handler for the Super Eagles following the team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Russia and a number of foreign coaches have been shortlisted for the vacant position.
“I don’t disrespect our indigenous coaches. Most especially those that played in the national teams have paid their dues,” he said in an interview with Arise TV.
“There are some things that I see that you ordinarily will not see. There are things that I know in my position that you may not know. The reason I advocate for a foreign coach is because they come in with a different mindset.
“They cannot be swayed by sentiments. All that they are after is success. This is why they come with their tactics and methods. It is not that I do not believe in our coaches but they need to develop that mindset. We have coaches that are quite competent but the question is: Are they good enough for us for now? I am a Nigerian and a firm believer in Nigeria but our circumstances are different.”