It is a matter of time for Amodu Shuaibu to assume office as the new Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation.
James Peters, Kashimawo Laloku and Amodu met the federation for the job Tuesday but we have it on good authority that Amodu is favoured to take the job. The federation also considered some way of accommodating Peters and Laloku to assist Amodu but that would depend on their finances.
“Amodu has been given the job. He was favoured even before the visit to the Federation on Tuesday,” a Federation source said last night.
The names were announced during the meeting of the Technical Committee on Tuesday. The names of Fatai Amoo, Baba Jibril and David Ngodigha were also announced as the ones to tinker the Olympic team.
President of NFF, Aminu Maigari was said to have explained to the meeting why the federation was downsizing the backroom staff of the Super Eagles. He said that coaches of the Eagles and their backroom staff were up to 17, a number too large for the federation to sustain.
He said that henceforth, Eagles would have two assistant coaches and one goalkeeper trainer. Other national teams will also be affected according to NFF who said their lean funding compelled these decisions. Match bonuses of the Eagles were also slashed to the former amount of $5,000 as winning bonus. The Presidential Task Force for 2010 World Cup increased it that year to $10,000 and NFF continued paying that after the World Cup.
Sylvanus Okpala has been relieved of his job as an assistant coach to Stephen Keshi and the NFF said it was also for lean funding which could not sustain the current staff. Valere Hoaundinou, we gathered, may continue if only Keshi could afford to be paying him from his own salary.
NFF paid Valere and Okpala 50 per cent of their bonuses during the Nations Cup.
NFF vice President Chief Mike Umeh said Tuesday night that the NFF did not discuss the sacking of Okpala but the federation in it’s reaction yesterday lied that Chief Umeh ever said such a thing. They did not, however, say that the board ever discussed the sacking of any coach even as it is known that they must not necessarily do so.
The leadership of the Federation was also said to have frowned at the attitude of Keshi for traveling out of the country without leave.