Nigeria’s Sports minister, Tam Danagogo, has called on the Nigeria Football Federation not to employ a lesser coach than Stephen Keshi, as the former Togo coach is yet to accept terms with the Super Eagles.
“What I have urged the NFF to do is to make sure that should Keshi not be given the job, a coach with a lesser pedigree than Keshi should not be employed. I have said we should encourage our local coaches,” Danagogo said.
“Keshi is not indispensable, but I believe that if they want to relieve him of his job, the technical committee of NFF has to do a thorough job.
“I have always canvassed for the best coaches to handle Super Eagles, but that has to do with NFF taking adequate measures to find someone who is competent and not just a ‘white man.’ I don’t believe that we don’t have coaches from Nigeria who have what it takes to handle Eagles.
“If NFF is talking about Guardiola or Mourinho, it will be understandable, but not hiring someone because he has white skin.”
Danagogo called on Nigerians to support and encourage our local coaches.
“I am not saying we should give him the job, but what we can do is help our local hands get better by sending them to refresher courses to make them better.”
Keshi has until Thursday this week to revert to the NFF over the contract offered to him.