Seyi Akinwunmi, Nigeria Football Federation’s vice president, has recently explained that even though the entire football federation of this country is committed to providing the best possible technical support to coaches of the different national teams after recent performances in international competitions (which have been pretty bad), it is clear enough that the nation’s coaches are out of their depth when it comes to the technical aspects of football.
In a recent interview, and while saying his apologies to Nigerians following those shocking and unexpected exits of the national teams at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand and FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, Akinwunmi said:
“We (the NFF) have from the outset noticed deficiencies in various aspects relating to the technical aspects of our national teams and moved swiftly to address the situation.
One of our first initiatives was to organise training courses for match readers and to, also, buy into the Prozone Match Reading Software in order to build local competencies and match-reading expertise to help our teams.
Unfortunately, these tournaments have come too early for us to reap the full benefits of this initiative which will take a little while to come to fruition.
“In the Super Falcons, we saw so much potential, youth and ability, but it is clear that while we have conquered Africa there is still a lot of work to be done in the area of technical support before we can take on the world of women’s football.
We have the players to take us to glorious heights in the game. Therefore, we need to put a lot more into the enhancement of the technical knowledge of our coaches and technical staff, a comprehensive and focused youth football development programme, as well as an assiduous look at critical areas of our football. We promise to build virile national teams and a sustainable football culture that we all would be proud of.”