Former Super Eagles Coach, James Peters has thrown is weight behind the retention of caretaker coaches Salisu Yusuf and Emmanuel Amuneke for the senior national team, charging the embattled factional president of the Nigeria football Federation, Amaju Pinnick to have more respect for them, and not make the mistake of going ahead to hire a foreign coach for the Eagles..
Peters told 2muchsports.com that time is no longer on the side of the Nigeria Football Federation to engage a foreign coach for the team.
“The World Cup qualifiers are around the corner and it may be too late for a foreign coach to be engaged for the qualifiers,” he explained.
He said what Salisu and Amuneke requires to succeed are two or three experienced coaches that will form the backroom staff who will offer technical and tactical advise.
Peters disclosed that the backroom staff may not necessarily be on the bench but be in the State Box from where they will have a good view of the match unlike the coaches who may be on that heat on the bench.
“The backroom staff can then offer advice during the half time in the dugout. They can also go on espionage mission to observe their opponents and report back to the coaches,” he added.
He said Brazil in the past carried out such experiment with Alberto Ferreira and Didi in charge and it paid off adding that it may take a foreign coach a lot of time to settle down.
“Even if he is good, he will still have to learn the terrain from the indigenous coaches and that is even if they real want to assist because of the disparity in salaries,” he continued.
Peters said he had cried about the danger of hiring a foreign coach times and number but lamented that his advice was ignored by the football authority.
Salisu was in charge of the national team when Nigeria posted two victories against Mali and Luxembourg last month and thus improved the country’s ranking in the world.
The Nigeria Football Federation NFF has said it would name a foreign coach by next week as the World Cup qualifiers draw nearer.