A former junior international, Adebayo Gbadebo has said the quality of the local football league at all levels is responsible for the low level Nigerian coaches in the country, the sportsbay.com reports.
Gbadebo who is now Premiership Coach in Thailand while fielding questions from journalists on a Popular WhatsApp Platform “FCT Football Update” said in-spite of the huge talents in the country, the local coaches cant rub shoulders with their foreign counterparts because of the poor standard of the leagues.
The former Stationery Stores of Lagos player further admonished Nigerian coaches to upgrade themselves through refresher courses outside the shores of the country.
He also revealed that coaching a team outside the shores of the country depends on the owners of the club, how they see the team, how they want the team to play and the plans they have for the team, that is what determines the type of Coach they will engage.
“This can be achieved when they watch our matches on Television or YouTube, see the quality of the games and coaches who are on top of what they are doing, the people will start taking a look at our coaches. A coach must have the requirements needed.
“Nigeria football is very interesting, but the quality of the league needs improvement so that those foreign administrator would want to have those handling the teams to help them to develop theirs.
“But, if we compare the standard of what we have now, it will be difficult for Nigerian coaches to handle any team outside the country,” he said.
The Coach who also played for now defunct Eagle Cement of Port Harcourt in 1992 frowned at the use of artificial turf for league matches saying that that as the worst thing that would happen to Nigeria football.
“Playing on artificial turf is bad. It lowers the standard of game. There is nowhere in the world that they are using artificial turf for their league matches. The stage matters, and that is what is depriving us the opportunity of seeing the lot of talents that are in our league” he concluded.
Adebayo Gbadebo, a Sociology graduate of the University of Ibadan, helped Stationery Stores of Lagos to play up to the Semi finals of the African Champions cup in 1993 before he joined Bouri FC of Lebanon, Mohun Bagan of India, Tore Sasana of Thailand, and retired at PS Pekambaru of Indonesia.
He is an AFC Pro License holder, and has Port FC as General manager, Rajpracha FC as Technical Director before joining Suphanburi FC, as their Technical Director and now the Head Coach of the club.