The football Head coach, Kogi Sate Sport Council (KSSC), Mr. Arike Aliyu Abdulsalam on Saturday applauded the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on its intention to extend the contract of Super eagle’s coach, Stephen Keshi.
Arike said “I am highly pleased with the decision of the NFF to renew Keshi’s contract, that it is a right step in the right direction.
“Apart from being an indigenous coach he has proved himself to be a man to be reckoned with in the world of football, especially in Africa.
“He qualified the Togo national team for world cup when he was their coach some years ago.
“So, the N10m that Keshi is demanding for is not too much for him because of the nature of his job”. Although there has been negotiation on N7m by the committee with him.
When asked if there is a need for foreign coach, Arike said that foreign coaches have not been able to perform up to Nigerians expectations except Clement Westernoff in 1994.
He posited that these foreign coaches only do the Administrative work while the indigenous coaches under them do the Technical work which has not been fair.
“It is better to give the Indigenous coaches chances, full support and an avenue to perform”. Said The Head Coach.
When asked about the recent saga in NFF; the banned by FIFA, the sacked of NFF former president Aminu Maigari among other things.
He said that the NFF as a body should be autonomous, so that government would not need to interfere in its affair. Government would only need to create an enabling environment for sponsors to come in.
On his advice for Keshi, Arike said he should always select players based on their performances, not minding any personal interest or grudge with an individual player.
It will be recalled that the three-man committee set up by the NFF to open new contract talks with Keshi had earlier formally sent a letter of intent to Keshi which he had since replied declaring his interest to continue as the coach of the National team.