So, Nigeria has appointed yet another foreign coach? What happened to the one they hired a few weeks ago? Did he refuse the job immediately they appointed him? Oh, wait, he actually did exactly that. Paul Le Guen, the man who looks like a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Zinedine Zidane, rejected the job the NFF practically threw at him, or Skyped at him. This shows the depths our football governing body has sunk in the administration of football in Nigeria.
I’m not even going to get emotional about the stupid power squabble between Chris Giwa and Amaju Pinnick, two examples of what would happen if you bash a baby’s head on the floor a few times, let it grow, and tell it about NFF. Every month, Nigeria’s FIFA ranking drops like it’s hot, our Super Eagles play like tortured monkeys, and they lose match after match. Nobody seems to know what to do to stop this race to the bottom. Then, suddenly someone gets a brain wave; let us hire a foreign coach! Everyone agrees, and then they start scouting for washed-up coaches with one trophy to their name. They find Le Schwarz – sorry, Le Guen, interview him via Skype (someone thinks they’re tech-savvy *eye roll*), then just as they are about to announce the guy as the new Eagles coach, he pulls the rug from beneath their feet and rejects the job. It’s almost like he saw the NFF for what it is: a bunch of football-ignorant folks who are just there for the money.
But now they have snagged Gernot Rohr, another previously unknown dude from Bordeaux, and they have tasked him with qualifying for the World Cup. So convenient that they have no Nations Cup to prepare for, right? Well, he accepted the challenge, which means now they will begin to owe him salaries and benefits and make his job a nightmare as much as they can. Then he will resign and go back home after failing to qualify Nigeria for the 2018 World Cup. It is so sad, the state of Nigerian football these days. When will we learn?