Super Eagles stand-in captain Ogenyi Onazi has made a passionate plea for caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf and his assistants, Imama Amapak...
Super Eagles stand-in captain Ogenyi Onazi has made a passionate plea for caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf and his assistants, Imama Amapakabo and Kennedy Boboye, to be retained for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers beginning in October.
The interim coaches chalked up a perfect record of two wins in as many friendlies when they beat hosts Luxembourg 3-1 on Tuesday night after they also defeated Mali 1-0 in France.
And Lazio midfielder Onazi, who led the Eagles in the absence of Chelsea star Mikel Obi, has now come out to back the coaches after revealing that this was the best Super Eagles set-up he has ever worked in because of the high sense of unity and purpose the players showed in the one week they worked together.
“The atmosphere in the team was fantastic and everybody was hungry and ready to work for each other,” Onazi saluted the team in front of NFF technical committee boss Chris Green and his assistant, Ahmed Yusuf ‘Fresh’.
“We have all enjoyed how we have worked in training and during the matches, and we believe if these coaches were given at least a two-year contract, the Super Eagles will be flying again.”
The NFF have requested both foreign and local coaches to apply for the top Eagles coaching post and best qualified persons will be considered as Nigeria get set to push for a sixth World Cup finals after they again sensationally failed to qualify for the second straight time for the AFCON.
However, paucity of funds may force the federation to now look inwards for the man to steer the team through the qualifying tournament for Russia 2018.