The former Nigeria international George Finidi is top on the list of high-profile names missing as the Nigeria Football Federation named new coaches and technical crew members for a number of National Teams on Friday.
Finidi 49 was widely touted for one of the hitherto vacant positions in the male age-grade teams but instead of trying out new hands, the NFF settled for old guards that had enjoyed previous stints with the Federation.
Finidi in an interview earlier in the year argued that he had the requisite qualification to handle any of the national teams but as it stands, the former Ajax star will have to wait a bit longer to actualize that ambition.
“We are ex-players, we are coaches, we had played this game and we know how to interact with players,” he told Brilla FM.
“We also know how to manage them which is important as well, so if the opportunity arises, I would take it with open hands.
“I have been handling the youth players and it’s always good to do what you know how to do best, actually, I have been an assistant coach in Mallorca.”
Finidi was part of the Super Eagles team that won Nigeria their second Africa Cup of Nations title in 1994.
Apart from Finidi, the likes of Gbenga Ogunbote and Abdul Maikaba were also tipped to bring their wealth of experience and transcend their success in club coaching to the national teams but they were also overlooked.
The Chosen ones
In a statement issued by Ademola Olajire the NFF Communication Director, Isah Ladan Bosso was returned as the U20 Boys’ Head Coach, with Christopher Danjuma retaining the U20 Girls’ lead role, and Bankole Olowookere emerging as Head Coach of the U17 girls, Flamingos.
Former international defender Oladuni Oyekale will serve as the first assistant to Bosso at the U20, with Jolomi Atune Alli (second assistant), Samaila Marwa Keshi (assistant coach/scout) and Suleiman Shuaibu Akanmu (goalkeeper coach) completing the Flying Eagles’ bench.
Fatai Amoo will head the U17 boys’ squad, to be assisted by Ahmed Lawal Dankoli (first assistant), Nnamdi Onuigbo (second assistant), Hassan Abdallah (assistant coach/scout) and Danlami Kwasau (goalkeeper coach) in his crew.
THE FULL LIST
U20 BOYS: Isah Ladan Bosso (Head Coach); Oladuni Oyekale (Assistant Coach); Jolomi Atune Alli (Assistant Coach); Samaila Marwa Keshi (Assistant Coach/Scout); Suleiman Shuaibu Akanmu (Goalkeeper Coach)
U17 BOYS: Fatai Amoo (Head Coach); Ahmed Lawal Dankoli (Assistant Coach); Nnamdi Onuigbo (Assistant Coach); Hassan Abdallah (Assistant Coach/Scout); Danlami Kwasau (Goalkeeper Coach)
U20 GIRLS: Christopher Danjuma (Head Coach); Moses Aduku (Assistant Coach); Bilkisu Tijani (Assistant Coach); Charity Nwere Nnedinma (Assistant Coach/Scout); Audu Yahaya (Goalkeeper Coach)
U17 GIRLS: Bankole Olowookere (Head Coach); Queen Okpa (Assistant Coach); Adanna Nwaneri (Assistant Coach); Moroof Nojimu (Assistant Coach/Scout); Mohammed Abubakar Ndanusa (Goalkeeper Coach)
U15 BOYS: Omoniyi Haruna Ilerika Usman (Head Coach); Bassey Patrick (Assistant Coach); Olubunmi Haruna (Assistant Coach); Mohammed Kalli Kachalla (Assistant Coach/Scout); Baruwa Olatunji (Goalkeeper Coach)
U13 BOYS: Abdullahi Tyabo Umar (Head Coach); Salisu Ibrahim (Assistant Coach); Bamai Bukar (Assistant Coach); Mohammed Kwairanga (Assistant Coach); Ifeanyi Uba (Assistant Coach/Scout); Abubakar Abdullahi (Goalkeeper Coach)