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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have blamed their inability to announce the appointments of head coaches of Nigeria’s U17 national team, Flying Eagles and U-23 national team to the COVID-19 pandemic, the SportsBay.com reports.

The first Vice president of the NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi during a discussion on a sports WhatsApp platform said the appointments have been made already adding that the appointment would happen made public in April, 2020 according to BSNSports. 

“Again the Pandemic is to blame. The consultants were meant to have advertised the positions to the public in April. They would have shortlisted by now and the appointments probably made but the COVID-19 Pandemic has set all that back.

“I think we should first focus on curtailing this ravaging disease. After all it’s only the living that can coach football. Once life gets back to normal we will get back to that course of transparently employing coaches for our National teams.” Akinwunmi said.

It will be recalled that the General Secretary of NFF, Dr Mohammed Sanusi has revealed that appointments into all national teams’ coaching crew, aside the Super Eagles, will be made in February.

“The consultants saddled with the responsibility of recruiting and recommending are expected to turn in the chosen coaches for the Super Falcons, U-23 Eagles, Flying Eagles, Falconets, Flamingos, Golden Eaglets and Future Eagles for the NFF executive to approve and announce the appointments,” Sanusi said.

“We know we have some qualifying matches starting with Under-17 women team early March, and we shall hopefully announce list of successful coaches for the approval of the executive committee of NFF.

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“The consultants are working round the clock, and hopefully, the list of those recruited should be out in February.”

Sanusi continued: “We expect the consultants to do a thorough job and recruit the best coaches among those who applied. I can assure Nigerians that the NFF will employ the best coaches for our national teams soon.”

Over 100 coaches were reported to have applied to the NFF, for the jobs of handling the five national men and women teams.

Some of the coaches that applied included Christopher Danjuma, Paul Aigbogun, Edwin Okon, Manu Garba, Kennedy Boboye, Abdu Maikaba, Fidelis Ilechukwu, Bala Nikyu and Agan Edat, to mention a few.

About Olusola 'Jide

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