‘I’m Not Aware Of Appointment of New Super Eagles’ Coach’ – Dalung


NAN, Abuja: Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung, has said that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) did not officially inform him of the appointment of Gernot Rohr, the Super Eagles Technical Adviser.

Dalung, who was fielding questions from State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said time had come when the country should begin to develop its indigenous coaches.

“We have a German-born coach but that is not official to me anyway, because I have only been reading about it online.

“But they will also present him officially when they have concluded all the arrangements of engaging him.

“However, I will continue to maintain that we need to develop our own.

“There is no better way of making progress than to develop our own indigenous coaches,’’ he added.

Dalung who frowned at the treatment meted to Samson Siasia, the coach of the national under-23 football team, by the NFF, noted that the football house was unfair to him.

“NFF has not been fair to him. The withdrawal of Siasia’s official car by the NFF is condemnable,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the car was reportedly withdrawn by the NFF when Siasia was on official assignment in Rio Olympics.

The Minister said Siasia did not deserve to be treated that way as he was an asset to Nigeria who must be treated with respect and dignity.

“Siasia is an asset to Nigeria, but unfortunately we are a country where good people are like wheel barrows. They are only useful when they are needed.

“When he visited me on Monday I told him I heard that he has resigned and he said he had not, but that his contract has ended.

“Then I invited the General Secretary of NFF (Mohammed Sanusi), because there was this report I read that I directed that his car be withdrawn while he was away.

“He (Sanusi) confirmed that Siasia’s car was indeed withdrawn. I then sought to know why this would come up while the man was on a national assignment.

“I then told him (Sanusi) that this was unacceptable,’’ he said.

Dalung however expressed the hope that Siasia would put behind him all the issues surrounding him and the NFF, even as he lambasted the federation over its poor relationship with coaches.

“But, how I wish the coach will be able to overcome all the challenges which have surrounded the issue and focus himself to serving the country.

“I told him on Monday that there is no way we will not need him.

“For the NFF, they need to put their house in order. This idea of throwing away your best and branding them with all sorts of allegations will not help to grow the sports industry.

“Every human being has his own shortcomings, but, he also has his good side.

“We must try to accommodate each other,’’ he said.

Dalung said Nigeria still needed Siasia ‎in its football development.

“Even if NFF will not re-engage him, the Federation should at least give him some peace of mind to enable him make his contributions in a personal capacity.’’

He said it would be sad to have someone like Siasia depart Nigeria for greener pastures abroad, just like many other athletes had done, and as witnessed during the Rio Olympics.

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  • realist

    In a country where administrators are patriotic and really want progress ,Siasia suppose to be the next super eagles coach. He has been so consistent that by now has gotten the understanding of our players and secured the players respect. However our leaders are egotistical, envious and money lovers. The above traits influence their decisions.

  • Mr thetruth

    NFF chairman should resign. He had let Nigerian down by giving the Super Eagles Job to a low level football coach.
    Samson Siasia had pedigree over and above Gnor Rohr, it as simple as that. If you go to FIFA Siasia is enlisted among the best. Why then Mr Rohr?
    It is nothing other than mental slavery, corruption
    envy, incompetency, lack of respect for the feelings and development of Nigerians and sheer arrogance that form the basis for Mr Pinnick and his cohort’s decision to employ a foreigner for the job which one of our own in Siasia and others can do better. More disheartening they are offering to pay a foreigner thousands of US dollars when they were owing a number of our own people months of arrears of Naira salaries. “This is not a change that should begin with anyone”
    Any shortcomings that may be associated with our football coaches or handlers are not enough to ignore them for Super Eagles job.
    Our coaches deserve more respect and support to take our football forward.
    We should be ashmed to see our sport heroes turning up for other countries due to poor treatment at home.
    I hope Mr Pinnick and his entourage are not banking on the fact that our tone of objection would change if Mr Rohr qualified us for the World Cup or did well at the tournament. They should be told this would not change anything as our coaches had done this before.
    By the way, if such a job to coach German or any European countries’ national team is open and a Nigerian is best qualified to do it than a German, he won’t be given. This is an open inconvenient truth. Let stop be in denial and start to encourage and develop our own people.