Chairman, Board of Trustees, Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria, Harrison Jalla wants President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick held accountable for the waste of Nigeria’s hard earned resources on outgoing Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr in the last five years.
Jalla made this observation against the backdrop of growing calls for the sacking of the Franco-German tactician under whose five-year stay in the saddle has left the team in their most vulnerable state in history.
He said: “Nigeria never deserved a coach like Gernot Rohr, not with the litany of talented Nigerian footballers all over Europe and the underserved resources splashed on the third-rate coach.
“A leader that is not open to advice must fail. What is the business of NFF President with the recruitment of National team coaches? What is the function and duty of the NFF technical and development committee? Pinnick’s purported trip to London to seal a deal with another third-rate coach is a bid to embark on another inglorious journey of serial failure and this is unacceptable.
“Where is the Minister of Sports Hon. Sunday Dare?” Pinnick has killed Nigerian football under your watch. As the supervising Minister of Sports the NFA ACT 2004 gives you absolute powers to regulate and control the administration of football in Nigeria, particularly as the Pinnick-led NFF Board has crossed the redline and very determined to completely destroy Nigeria football. It is not within the purview of a football federation President to hire or recruit coaches for the National teams. The Pinnick led NFF Board is like a headless chicken that cannot get their priorities right.
In the same breath, Jalla, like other several stakeholders of Nigerian football, kicked against hiring of another coach from backwaters of European football as next coach of Super Eagles, but rather NFF to engage one of many qualified coaches among sets of players who did the country proud in the past.
“It is time to assemble coaches from Super Eagles classes of 1994 and 1996. Nigeria can invest and raise world class coaches from this generation of ex-internationals that are technically inclined.
“We already have the likes of Sunday Oliseh Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke, Austin Eguavoen, Finidi, George, Salisu Yusuf, Ndubuisi Egbo, and Eddy Dombraye. A focused federation should have tried to get the best out of these ex-internationals.
“The driving force of the footballers block when we take over control and command of football administration in the country from 2022 would be to rebuild Nigerian football from the grassroots, strengthen and restucture all the tiers of Nigerian domestic leagues (NPFL, NNL, NWL) etc, including state leagues to viability. The Pinnick-led Board has just only nine months in office the earlier the Hon. Minister takes immediate steps to halt their excesses the better for Nigerian football.”