Eagles coach: You’re embarrassing Nigerians, Akpoborie tells NFF


Former Super Eagles striker, Jonathan Akpoborie, is wor- ried over the controversial issue surrounding the em- ployment of a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, saying that it is becoming more embarrassing.
The former national player, who had expressed resentment over the way and manner the Nigeria Football Federation had been handling the coaches’ employment saga, said it was a big shame that football authorities had not concluded contractual terms with Frenchman, Paul Le Guen, before announcing him as Eagles Technical Adviser.
According to him, the whole world is making mockery of Ni- gerian football, after Le Guen publicly rejected Nigeria’s coach- ing offer.
“It is very shameful. As big as Nigeria is, we don’t know what to do to get the best coach for our national team. Look at the way Le Guen denied NFF. It is like we don’t know what we are doing. I am still in the dark on this issue because we have not known the truth. I hope with time, Nigerians would be briefed about it,” he told The Point.
Akpoborie had earlier kicked against the employment of a foreign coach for Super Eagles.
He said it was bad for the NFF to settle for a coach with little knowledge of how to manage an African team.
Although, Le Guen qualified Cameroon for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he failed to lead the country beyond the first round of the competition.
Akpoborie believes the French coach is not capable of quali- fying Nigeria for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, saying it would just be a waste of resources by hiring the former Paris Saint Germain defender.
NFF, on Monday, had its final interview session with Le Guen and the local coach, Salisu Yusuf, shortly after the third short- listed coach, Saintfiet, got a job in Bangladesh.