The Super Eagles Coaching Job: An Uphill Risk worth Taking?


It is definitely the most delicate job in the African Football continent and definitely the most demanding. The Job of super Eagles Coach is one many love to hate but as a Nigerian Ex international and patriot it definitely does not leave you indifferent.

Many out of love and doubts for our fatherland have expressed their doubts in my coaching Crews’ and my ability to coach and take to a higher level the super Eagles.This is understandable to an extent but definitely an added motivation.

I am fully aware that though this is the honeymoon period of the job as we are yet to play a game, there are all kinds of other uphill difficulties ahead of Us.

Our Nation Nigeria does not boast anymore of players who are plying their trade in the most prestigious clubs as was the case in the mid-1990’s till mid 2000’s,but with a population of 170 million people we are definitely blessed with Potential. Most especially when one takes Into consideration that football is like a Religion to Nigerians.

Our Ranking by FIFA is not so enviable thereby leaving us exposed to groupings with the best from Africa in qualifications to future major tournaments etc.

There are reported disagreements in the household of National football as the local league has lost so much credibility the stadiums on National league days are rarely packed in certain league matches and needs us to improve to improve the pool of players available to us.

The Nigerian is so passionate about soccer that in a nation of 170,000,000 people we have 170 Million coaches who are impatient, demanding and quick to dismiss any coach as a failure if he wins unconvincingly.

The most difficult task facing us is that Nigerians want the super eagles to not only win matches, but win them playing in a flamboyant manner immediately?.

This particular problem is further compounded with the fact that we get only by FIFA rules players from their clubs 4 days to the National team games. Time is needed to work on the players!

We could go on and on but we are here to share why we feel it is worth giving it a try to make a difference and how we intend to try!

We intend to try out mainly with players who are used to playing top flight football in any nation that they ply their trade.Hence the criteria of 1st division players.

Super-Eagles-Coaching-crew-smallWe have constituted a 4 man coaching crew that is diversified but we feel complimentary to try to make things work. One Belgo- Spanish Assistant coach in Jean Francois Losciuto who has been working in Africa for almost 2 yrs now,Salisu Yusuf and Goal keeper Coach Alloy Agu who is an ex international from the Golden generation era.

Several other measures will be applied to try to improve our game but the joy that the Common Nigerian feels when things are going well with its football is the greatest motivation that will drive me to give it all.

Many have asked or insinuated that they need me to miraculously repair our football in a flash! Though super motivated, I am not a Messiah and will need desperately the help of the Nigerian Football Federation,The Nigerian people and most importantly God’s help and Guidance.

When I was proposed the job,my first thought and reply was; “no I am not interested” but after a second thought and discussions with Family and close confidants, I could not help but go back on my decision as I decided to borrow a leaf from the new president of Nigeria,President Mohammadu Buhari who at over 70 is bent on trying to bring about change and better the lives of his compatriots.

Contrary to what some have said,we never discussed money and financial details as all we get is what our predecessor was paid and not more.

It is an uphill task that could blow away the good name that God blessed one with but If there is one thing everyone can be rest assured coming from me will be the input of 150% of my efforts to improve what we have.

Nigeria is ours to make or break and we, and only we can make it better by trying and not just sit on the fence.

This is an uphill task worth more than taking on as it is for my people: my fellow countrymen, family, friends, and Continent!

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The journey has started and we invite you to please join us in trying to improve the fortune of the super Eagles, we can be catalysts to change, but we need you to bring about and effect that change. God bless Nigeria.


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  • sunday akinware says:

    OngrWhat else you want us to comments here, u have said it all, what Nigerians want in our football today, my own is to pray in support of you to achieved greater. Congrats

  • jane Orumen says:

    The Super Eagles Coaching Job: An Uphill Task worth Doing?

    Risk is the word used in scaring men from greatness. The beautiful
    treasures of the world are buried beneath the earth not on the surface
    and it is only those who can take the risk of going through the
    rigours of excavating/digging that gets them.

    Life in its entirety is a risk, but risk is for the taking. The
    experience of today is the risk of yesterday. The great men of today
    are those that took risk yesterday, comfort zone is for mere men.

    I will like to congratulate you for your appointment as the Head Coach
    of the Super Eagles; it is not an easy feat to achieve. It is a wish I
    am sure some of your colleagues before, during and after your set may
    never have, but you got it, do I say on a platter of gold! Well it is
    the Lord’s doing and it is marvellous in our sight.

    Having listened to you during your unveiling ceremony and gone through
    your post it is obvious you already know the challenges ahead of you,
    so needless reiterating them again.

    My advice is:
    • Learn from the mistakes of your predecessors it will go a long way
    in helping you to succeed, they might look like cheap or small but
    some of them are grievous.
    • Try and have a cordial professional working relationship with your
    employers, in this part of the world they hold the yam and knife.
    • The right attitude to work guarantees attainment of higher altitude.

    My prayer: I was scared for you initially given the lack of top
    experience in the job, but I remember that David did not need to go to
    war 100 times to be able to gain the experience to kill goliath. All
    you need is the grace of God, the enabling environment and the right
    attitude and these and other attributes you will need to be successful
    in this assignment I pray that God grants unto you in quantum in Jesus

    Note: The world is waiting for the earnest manifestation of the Pep
    Guardiola of Africa!


    Jane Orumen

  • Samuel says:

    Great news woke up this morning and saw on the German media that you have been named the new coach of the super eagles. We dortmund fans dont forget you.At last our federation has done something right. Rome wasnt built in one day its not gonn be an easy task but i know deep inside of me that you are well equipped for the job to take Nigeria in its right direction and to let the players be proud to wear a Nigeria jersey.Am a 23year old born Nigerian who resides in Germany studying sport management here and glauben sie mir football is my passion. I eat,sleep,breathe football in all ways be it tactitally,economically in running a football administration and i aspire to learn more and grow in this aspect. Ich wurde mich freuen wenn sie mir eine mail schicken können und mir eine wahrer chance gibt mich mit ihnen auszutauschen. I hope and pray to hear from you soon.Echte Liebe :)1

  • uche kingsley says:

    Hi boss thanks for taking the job i hope one day all of the 1994 team members will all become Super eagles coach.
    below is what you said in your page sometime ago. i like you for the success you have made in your career but now i wonder because it seems you really like the job.

    ”Stephen Keshi’s Job Is The Last Thing I Want!

    I can understand that Keshi feels threatened by the possibility of a sack and back stabbing, but my comments should not be seen as coming from a possible successor unless one is desperate, which I thank God I am not!

    His job is the last thing that I or my family need. I know the custom lately amongst some of the coaching crew in our dear country has been attacking the incumbent to take his place, but I believe I have proven over and over again that my consultancy company and my life that I have spent 23 years to build in Europe which I cherish dearly is more precious to me than the day to day stress that comes with Being the Super Eagles coach!

    I wonder how I will continue to run my 6 year old consultancy business that has now gone global, coach my youth team, fulfil my new but cherished introduction into FIFA with the Super Eagles Coaching job 6000 kilometres away from my family!

    I have said this uncountable times, although I love my country it is not in my wildest dreams to manage the super eagles otherwise I would have accepted the NFF Technical director job and eventually the super Eagles.”

  • Nigerian football fans are not asking for too much from our coaches…all they need is a playing pattern that entertain them, irrespective of the situation where the team could only be winning with slim margin. For instance most fans still likes watching Nigeria /denmark 1:4 (in 1998 world ) just because okocha really thrilled the fans and for the fact that Nigeria was doing the playing despite Denmark doing the scoring.

  • malomo Gbemi says:

    Dear Sunny,
    i have always seen you as a very intelligent person. I recalled that when you were in LASU, you were about the only one playing for the school team that didn’t study physical education, you were studying economic and playing for Julius berger before you eventually moved to Belgium.
    You are now the coach of the super Eagles and i except you will bring all your experience and intelligence into the job. you have sent a guide line or policy for who will play or not play in the national team, this is unprecedented. Now have had your first baptism of fire and it has confirmed what you have always been saying. that we do not have stars and we need to work as team to achieve our goal. My question is how do you install your philosophy, your teaching into the group to from a team when you have only 20 days to train in a whole year! the answer is to look into the home based player who will be available to you six months in a year! i have watched you on tv , your knowledge of football and i have said to myself that if i have my way i will make you be the coach of our under 17 and i know you will change the face of football forever in Nigeria, my only issue is will your ego take the job? i am not saying this in the negative, now destiny has made you the coach of the nation team and your time start now… time is counting , you need all your intelligence to make it count. We are routing for you… only if you perform and show improvement in every game. all the best to you

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