Former Super Eagles coach Shaibu Amodu
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Former Super Eagles coach Shaibu Amodu and two other senior former technical officers of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), were Tuesday interviewed by the technical committee of the federation for the vacant post of the federation’s Technical Director.
Amodu appeared along Kashimawo Laloko and James Peters before the committee which scrutinized their credentials and listened to their philosophy on how Nigeria football can develop if any of them is hired to oversee the very sensitive job.
NFF was left ruing the option of considering home grown coaches for the technical director post after it discontinued with the initial plan to employ Belgian Tom Saintfiet after a sustained objection by Sports Minister Bolaji Abdulahi, who felt that the portfolio be given to a capable home grown coach.
Amodu is five-time former coach of the national team. He successfully guided Nigeria through qualification for the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cup campaigns, though he was strangely eased out from leading the team to the final due to power play at the NFF, while Laloko, who once coached the national team of the Gambia, was a former head of technical department of the NFF. He also rose to the post of NFF secretary General in an acting capacity. Currently he is the director of the Pepsi Football Academy.
Peters, who was a former assistant coach of the national team as well as coach of the U-20 team, was until last year the assistant head of the technical department.