By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Former Super Falcons coach, Sam Okpodu has said Nigeria Football Federation, NFF should be fast in hiring a new coach for Super Falcons as former players can take charge of the team.
“For me, the whole idea of calling for foreign or a domestic coach is good because as women, they need a good coach, and they need it now.
Okpodu who coached Super Falcons to the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States of America, USA, opined that indigenous coaches in the Nigeria Women’s Football League and across the country can manage Super Falcons.
“We have had local coaches who have been successful and were pushed to the side. We have also tried a foreign coach that hasn’t been totally successful either. Why is this clamouring for foreign coaches? Domestic coaches are equally good unless you can prove to me that you don’t have capable hands within the local community which will warrant us to go outside. If not for that why look outside when you have people at home.” He concluded.
Super Falcons are without a substantive coach since Thomas Dennerby’s departure in 2019.
The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick recently stated that interviews for the next Super Falcons coach will be held via Zoom Video call.
Okpodu, a mercurial winger in his playing days led Bendel Insurance FC to defeat crowd-pulling Stationery Stores in the final of the 1980 National Challenge Cup in Lagos.
Sam Okpodu was in charge of Super Falcons at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup where Nigeria lost all three group A games without scoring a goal, losing 0-3 to North Korea, 5-0 to the USA, and 3-0 to Sweden.
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