Stories BY MONICA IHEAKAM
THE Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has explained why the duo of coaches Samson Siasia and Emmanuel Amuneke were not considered for the job of handling the Super Eagles for the two major international friendlies billed for May and June this year.
Rising from her meeting held at the NFF secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, the committee explained that the decision to leave out Siasia and Amuneke from the Eagles job was to enable the two coaches concentrate fully on their pending important assignments of taking the Dream team VI and the Flying Eagles to the Rio 2016 Olympics and the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations tournaments respectively.
The committee strongly solicited for the NFF Board to give Coach Samson Siasia all the support towards winning gold medal of the men’s football tournament of this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil.
The Committee praised Amuneke for promoting most of the FIFA U- 17 World Cup winning players to the Flying Eagles team , noting with delight that his action was in tandem with the vision of the present NFF administration ‘s promotion of growth, continuity and seamless transition of the age grade players to the senior teams.
It mandated the big wigs of the Abuja Glass house to support the world cup winning coach as the national U- 20 team prepares for the race for the Zambia 2017 tournament.
…Wants Super Falcons overhauled
. As Dedevbo, Bala Nikyu get marching orders
NIGERIA Football Federation (NFF) technical and development committee has congratulated the senior national women’s team, Super Falcons on their qualification for the 10th Africa Women Championship.
This is even as the Committee recommended for an overhaul of the team, particularly in certain playing positions and charged the technical crew headed by Florence Omagbemi to work assiduously towards re-jigging the squad before the upcoming championship in Cameroon.
Falcons are the defending champions of the African Women Championship and have won it for seven times .
In the same vein, the committee gave the duo of coaches Peter Dedevbo and Bala Nikyu marching orders to submit their programs for the FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women’s World Cup coming up later in the year. It was observed that with the draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup , Papua New Guinea 2016 already concluded, the head coach Dedevbo should get cracking by bringing forth to the NFF his programmes for the World Cup on time.