Changing of coaches not the solution to Nigeria’s football problems – Daniel Amokachi


Nigeria legend Daniel Amokachi has said the national team’s problems goes beyond changing the head coach of Super Eagles, highlighting that structural issues need much attention.

Augustine Eguavoen resigned from his post as interim head coach after the country failed to secure a place in the 2022 World Cup after facing elimination by rivals Ghana.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has decided to appoint a foreign coach to take charge of the Super Eagles through the qualifiers for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.

However, AFCON 1994 winner, Amokachi insists Nigeria’s glory days are gone and will only come back when major defects of the country’s football system are corrected.

“Focusing too much on the coaching is like building a house from the roof downwards instead of starting with the right foundation and build upwards,” Amokachi told BBC Sport Africa.

“Do we have a solid developmental programme for our young footballers, a proper long-term plan for our national teams or develop a football identity for the game in our country?

“I am a product of the Nigerian league. But have we sorted all the issues around our domestic game, from players welfare to the lack of television rights and the chaos around the organisation of local football?

“When you consistently rely on players developed and trained by other nations to play for you, then you have seriously failed in your important role of building the future stars.

“There are bigger issues that have long bedevilled the Nigerian game and until we fix them, we will just be moving in a circle.”