NFF, Sports Minister Set On Super Eagles Handler For W/C Play-Offs

By Victor Enyinnaya on January 31, 2022

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The crisis currently rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on who becomes the head coach of the Super Eagles has continued to tear apart the apex football governing body in the country.
Daily Sports can now authoritatively reveal that the NFF Executive Committee is caught on the web as whether to sign the dot lines with the Portuguese Vitor Jose Peresie who exclusive reports said is angry with the NFF for failing to bring him down to sign the contract papers since the announcement of his appointment.
Daily Sports can further report that the Portuguese handler refused to come down to Cameroon to observe any game in AFCON because of the refusal of the NFF to sign his contract papers therefore, the possibility of signing him on as it was so strong before the AFCON began.
According to insider source within the NFF, it looks as if the high command of the body is no longer keen on Peresie and likely thinking towards retaining Austin Eguaveon to steer the Nigerian team against Ghana in World Cup play-offs in March.
It was further gathered that many are routing for Eguaveon’s retention because he knew the players better than the Portuguese who it was alleged does not know any player of the team he is angling to handle.
These factors weighing against the foreign technical hand are most hindrance against his immediate employment.
The usual credible sources within the NFF insisted that time is short and there will be no how the new man would come in February and oversee the World Cup 2022 play-off against a team like Ghana in march despite the crisis also rocking Ghana after the on going AFCON, recalled that Ghana also exited the championship unceremoniously prompting the sack of their chief coach.
Daily Sports can also reveal that the meeting between Sports Minister and NFF chiefs failed to reach a meeting point and the gathering was put to continue. The issue of who leads the team now that the country is out of the AFCON has remained a naughty one facing Nigeria today.
Daily Sports was told that the fight for supremacy going on between the Minister and NFF if not quickly and effectively checked may adversely affect the chances of the Super Eagles against Ghana in March World Cup play-offs.  The way out of the current impasse would be for both bodies to put Nigeria first and then be on the same page to resolve this crucial issue of who heads the country’s flagship team so as to avoid future failures.
The issue of who would steer the national team through to the forthcoming  crucial World Cup play-offs against an arch rival country when it come to football, Ghana who is also so desperate to be in UAE 2022 World Cup tournament. The NFF bigwigs who spoke to Daily Sports in confidence concerning the situation on ground, saying it may spell dooms day if not nipped on the bud without much postponement, because the time between the play –offs and now is no longer far apart and therefore they urged for quick resolution so that the head coach would start his road map towards picking the sole ticket for the World Cup.
“Now the coast seems not clear whether it is Eguaveon or the Portuguese that had been touted before the nations Cup. Many conflicting reports are emanating and circling, which is not healthy for the survival of the team whose exit from the ongoing AFCON shocked even the players to the bone marrow. Again going through this kind of controversy on who handles the team through to the impending World Cup play-offs remains worrisome,” the highly dependable sources within the NFF chorused.

Source Daily Sports

Posted January 31, 2022


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