Godwin Izilein makes case for local coaches

Godwin Izilein makes case for local coaches

Godwin Izilein, a former coach of the Super Falcons, says engaging local coaches to handle national teams would enhance the performance of local players as well as national league.

The former U-17 team coach said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Benin.

NAN reports that Izilein led the Super Falcons to a glorious outing in South Africa where they won the female version of the nation’s cup.

He noted that the idea of hiring foreign coaches for national teams would make local coaches look inferior.

The former coach said local coaches were not only brilliant, vibrant and always ready to perform, but also have the mentality and technical know-how to nurture players.

Izilein said all that was needed was for the authority to provide them with the conducive environment and equip them with necessary tools to get the best out of them.

He, however, called on the appropriate authority for the training and retraining of the local coaches to expose them to the modern trend in sports through seminars and workshops.

He said: “The appointment of foreign coaches is the greatest disservice to local coaches. There is no need for the NFF to hire foreign coaches at the detriment of local coaches.

“What makes us local is the non-exposure to the modern techniques of the game through training and retraining, aside this, we are superior to our foreign counterparts.

“I am very bitter with the authority that is concern, because they are not doing anything to make sure the local coaches excel.

“If anything happens today, only the local coaches can carry the marrow of the NFF while the white man will fly out in the next available flight and leave us in our predicament.

“Local coaches should be exposed to excellence. You make them look inferior by not paying them well in comparison with their foreign counterparts.

“If you want them to perform, treat them the way you treat their foreign counterparts.”

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