After Westerhof, Bonfrere, Other Eagles Foreign Coaches Are Mechanics

After Westerhof, Bonfrere, Other Eagles Foreign Coaches Are Mechanics

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By Amaechi Agbo

Super Eagles foreign coaches who have handled the team after the era of Messrs Clemens Westerhof and Johannes Bonfrere in late 1990’s have been described as ‘mechanics.

Former goalkeeper of the team, Dosu Joseph who rated Westerhof and Bonfrere as the best foreign coaches the senior national team have had said that all those who came after them added no value to the team

He stated that the Dutch managers are blessed with technical and tactical qualities the senior national team has ever employed.

The Atlanta Olympic gold medallist who stated this recently condemned the other coaches employed after them as mechanics.

Recall that after the duo of Westerhof and Bonfrere led the team to win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, the latter also helped the Dream Team 1 (Olympic Eagles) to win the 1996 Olympic Football Game.

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Dosu Joseph

Dosu said: “The best foreign coach the NFF has appointed during my era was Clemens Westerhof and Johannes Bonfrere. After these two, the rest are all mechanics,” Dosu told Punch.

“Let’s talk about the current coach (Gernot Rohr), he has been around for five years but what has he done?

“The late Stephen Keshi was in charge of the team for three years; he won the AFCON and led the team to a round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“They are not better than the local coaches. We are waiting to see when they will win the AFCON with the Eagles.”

It could be recalled that Since great successes recorded in 1994 and 1996, Nigeria has employed coaches such as Philippe Troussier, Bora Milutinovic, Thijs Libregts, Berti Vogts, Lars Lagerback, and Gernot Rohr.

In his five years as Super Eagles handler, Gernot Rohr won bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and lead the team to group exit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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