Former Super Eagles coach, Shaibu Amodu
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Former Super Eagles Coach, Shaibu Amodu, will not make himself available as the subordinate to Tom Saintfiet, we scooped Wednesday night.
Belgian Saintfiet, was last month appointed as the Technical Director of Nigeria football.
Interestingly, Amodu, a five-time former coach of the Super Eagles, is one of the local instructors highly favoured to assist the expatriate coach to successfully interpret his new role.
But we have been told by those in the picture, that Amodu is not to too keen to accept the offer which he sees as a demotion.
The unfolding development will now enhance the prospects of James Peters, who is also on the card, to be named as Saintfiet’s assistant.
Amodu is one of the three ‘grey- haired’ coaches recently appointed as NFF technical instructors by virtue of his high profile record which has seen him handle clubs in Nigeria and South Africa.
But he has staunchly voiced his views against the decision to hire Saintfeit, describing the move to hire a foreigner as a technical director was not a right one.
It is also understood that Amodu believes that he is eminently more qualified than Saintfeit for the post of technical director.
He subscribed to this position when he told reporters during the recent CAF B License Coaching course in Abuja that the position should have been reserved for an indigenous coach with proven antecedents.
“The desire to give that position to a ‘white man’ is a mistake we have always done in the past. We always show respect for a white man. It is a generic problem borne out of inferiority complex,” Amodu had fumed on that occasion.
He had also subscribed that it was too sensitive to entrust the technical department in the hand of a foreigner, noting that: “History has not taught us a lesson which is why we going from appointing a foreigner as a technical adviser to technical director”.
Amodu singularly guided the Super Eagles through World Cup campaigns in 2002 and 2010. But on both occasions, he was not considered to be a ‘World Cup coach' and was shoved aside by the federation.