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Amokachi, Baruwa To Join Three Foreigners As Finidi’s Assistants

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...the Bull...Daniel Amokachi...

Newly appointed Super Eagles coach, Finidi George, has listed three foreigners in a five-man technical crew that will include former Nigeria International, Daniel Amokachi and current goalkeepers trainer, Abideen Baruwa.  

George  and  chieftains of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)  have been meeting  over the  last few days  to iron out  the final details  of  a contract  for the former Ajax Amsterdam  winger who  was  recently announced as the substantive  manager of the  national team following the departure of Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro after  the silver-medal finish at the  2023 Africa Cup of Nations  in Cote d’Ivoire.

The issue of  others  that would work with  George has dominated  discussions in sports circles but  sources at the NFF  has now  hinted  that  the 52-year-old coach has  tabled a proposal of five technical crew  with words rife  that a German-Nigerian  has been listed as first assistant  with  Amokachi to be  a second assistant.

While Baruwa would maintain his status as the goalkeepers trainer, there are places for two more foreign assistants  who would serve as physical trainer and  match analyst respectively.

Yet, it was gathered  that a one-year contact  will be signed by George  with an extension clause  should  the Super Eagles reach the semi-final stages  of the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON)  to be hosted in Morocco.

NationSports  gathered that the NFF  is yet at sea on how  funds would be sourced for  the foreign  assistants  with many said  to be worried  that  George  is making things rather  difficult as regards the listing of three foreign assistants.

But   former Nigeria international and a member of the Technical & Development Committee of the NFF Dr. Felix Owolabi insists  that  George is duty-bound to pick his own assistants in order to enjoy a good working environment.

“He (George) should be allowed to pick his assistants  because that is the right thing to do,” Owolabi who won the AFCON  with the Green Eagles in 1980  said recently. “The NFF cannot choose for him;  it has to be the prerogative of the coach to determine  those who are to work with him.”

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