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‘Foreign technical adviser will not guarantee world cup qualification’ – Former Super Eagles striker

Former Super Eagles forward Peter Ijeh has voiced his concerns about the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) decision to hire a foreign Technical Adviser for the Super Eagles, following the resignation of Finidi George.

Speaking on Brila FM’s “No Holds Barred” with Ifeanyi Udeze, Ijeh argued that securing a foreign coach does not guarantee success in the next FIFA World Cup.

Ijeh believes Finidi George deserved more time to prove his capabilities. He emphasised that football success depends heavily on the environment provided for both players and coaches. “From the beginning, I believe the NFF vetted who they wanted. Two foreign coaches before Finidi lost their first five matches. They should have handled the situation better,” Ijeh remarked.

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Ijeh also stressed the importance of understanding the details of contractual agreements. “Writing a contract is one thing; the clauses of the contract are another. Who knows what he signed or what the agreement was? Everything that happened, they can’t try it with a white man,” he said, implying that foreign coaches might receive more favorable treatment.

The 47-year-old former forward asserted that there are competent Nigerian coaches capable of leading the Super Eagles. “I still believe building a Nigerian for that task is possible because we have qualified coaches, even in the diaspora, with modern certifications who can execute the job. It depends on the Glass House supporting the coach.”

Ijeh advised the NFF to reconsider their approach and avoid hasty decisions. “Mentioning names should not come up now. It’s just to advise the NFF that, look, what is the guarantee that bringing in a technical adviser would win the remaining six games? What if he doesn’t win? What next? Where are we going?.”

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