Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday enacted another controversial move, as the soccer body named former Super Eagles’ striker, captain and assistant coach, Daniel ‘The Bull’ Amokachi as new head of the technical department, megasportsarena.com gathered.
Coming less than a week after The Glasshouse was hit with criticism for announcing another former Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo as an assistant coach in the national team, the move to name Amokachi as the body’s new technical director comes as a huge surprise to many.
Although ‘Amo-Taxi,’ who made top marks as a player with Everton of England and Besiktas of Turkey, among other clubs overseas, was recently coach of a club in one of the Scandinavian countries, many observers would rate him low when it comes to an office job.
His tenure as Eagles’ captain was cut short by injury, but his days as a coach in the national team were mired with cold blood between him and his then superior, late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, during which time ‘Amo’ also failed when he was given full charge of the home-based squad.
His most recent active job was not in the office, but on the field, as he was in charge of a semi-professional football club, JS Hercules of Finland, and it is left to be seen how the 43–year–old former striker will now cope with running the NFF’s technical department like an egg head.
He is also not known to be articulate in communicating technical details verbally and often gets into confrontational tight spots, which observers would believe could let him down in the new duty post, which is yet to be officially acknowledged publicly by officials at The Glasshouse.
However, a report by owngoalnigeria revealed: “Amokachi’s appointment was communicated by the NFF to the board members with the ex Everton forward expected to help the technical committee of the NFF in their dealings.
“He will immediately swing into action on the appointment of national team coaches for the junior national teams of Nigeria and also be a part of the contract renewal talks for coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Gernot Rohr.
“Last week, Amokachi was appointed as football ambassador of Nigeria by president Muhammadu Buhari. A role which is largely ceremonial but his latest appointment means he will play a crucial role in technical matters that concerns the NFF.
“His appointment is with immediate effect with the Amaju Pinnick led NFF keen on having more ex internationals involved in the running of football in Nigeria particularly in areas of technical assistance.”