Did y’all hear about the appointment of Paul Le Guen as the new Super Eagles coach? If you didn’t, then here is the news: the NFF appointed Paul Le Guen as the Super Eagles coach last week. But is the man good enough for the job, or is it just the foreign face?
Paul Le Guen was relieved of his duties in the Oman national team last November, and that was that. His last trophy was the Coupe de la Ligue in 2008 with Paris St Germain; dude has not seen the quarterfinals of any other competition since then. He also took Cameroun to the 2010 World Cup, where they became the first team to crash out. Is anyone noticing a pattern here? Here it is: the guy has less chance of winning a trophy than my grandmother winning the Champions League with Arsenal. Seriously, what was the NFF thinking?
The man they chose to be his assistant, Salisu Yusuf, is much better qualified, in my opinion. First, he has had a vast experience with the National team. He was the assistant to late Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh and Samson Siasia during their various tenures as the Eagles coach. He has worked with Enyimba FC of Aba, and Kano Pillars FC, and both teams have won the Nigerian Professional Football League while he was there. More recently, he took over the coaching duties for the Eagles on an interim basis, and managed the team for three friendly matches; all three matches were wins. So here is a man that has some experience with winning, and he applied for the Eagles job outright. Then guess what? The NFF hired Le Guen, and made Yusuf his assistant. He must be seething in rage right now, being a perpetual assistant sucks big time.
Let me use this opportunity to say that the NFF hired Paul le Guen because he looks like a cross between the Terminator and Zinedine Zidane. With that rugged face, I don’t see how he could have failed to get the job. I imagine the meeting between the board and Le Guen as follows, he walks into the meeting room, stares everyone down with those Schwarzenegger eyes, and they give him the job. Now when he fails to qualify for the World Cup, they will be too scared to fire him; they’ll probably call the real Terminator to do it.
Meanwhile, Salisu Yusuf waits in the shadows, biding his time for the time when Le Guen fails. Then with a smug look on his face, he will say: “I told you so, didn’t I?”