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Published On: Fri, Jul 4th, 2014

Eagles need technical director to assist Keshi, says Kurfi

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By Albert Akota

The Chairman of the Kuduna State Tennis Association, Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi has subjected a technical director to assist the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi as well as other national teams.

Kurfi who stated this yesterday in Abuja following the speculation of Keshi resigning as head coach of the team after his side lost 2-0 to France, said Nigeria need foreign technical director.

It would be recalled Keshi told media he has not been offered contract extension and renewed talk that he could be set to go to South Africa.

Asked if he was going to continue with building of the team, Keshi told journalists: “I’m not sure. My contract is almost at the end and nobody’s talked to me about contract renewal.

Kurfi noted that the Eagles’ technical crew need foreign assistant to help him and also help other national teams, stressed that football has gone be young pitch work rather more on the technical input.

“Personally, I want the NFF to hire foreign technical director to help Keshi in the aspect of technical and discipline, I am not in support of Keshi’s resignation or sack, for me it would be counterproductive, I want NFF to retain Keshi because we have AFCON qualifiers by September against South Africa and Sudan, ” said Dan Arewa

Peoples Daily Sports recalled that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had wanted to hire a foreign technical director for the national teams ahead of World Cup which the big boss declined.

“What we have always said is that there is a need for us to develop a structure and a template for football development in this country.

“That is the beauty of a technical director. He doesn’t coach the teams but he will be able to say this is the mode of scouting, equipment and so on.

“Every federation in the world has it; even at club level, they do it (employ technical director) and I don’t think there is anything wrong with it,’’ NFFsaid.

It would be recalled prior to the World Cup, Lagos-based human rights lawyer, Festus Keyamo, has described the proposal by the NFF to hire a foreign technical director for the national football teams as corruption at its peak.

Keyamo equally described the decision as unpatriotic, untenable and illogical.

Reports abound in the media that the NFF was considering hiring a foreign coach for Nigeria’s Super Eagles to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

This is coming after the Super Eagles gaffer, Stephen Keshi, and his assistants made up of Dan Amokachi, Ike Shorunmu and Sylvanus Okpalla qualified the team for the Mundial.

It is also coming after Keshi and the team won the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The home-based Super Eagles was also tutored by Keshi and the other local coaches to a third place finish at the African Nations Championship.

Also former Super Eagles mercurial midfielder, Moses Kpakor, has also warned against attempt by the NFFF to contract a foreign coach to Stephen Keshi ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


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