28th October, 2010
The newly reinstated Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, made an absurd decision inÂ naming Austin Okocha and Victor Ikpeba in the technical committee that wouldÂ interview their senior, Stephen Keshi and team-mate, Samson Siasia, for the SuperÂ Eagles coaching job.
The NFF came up with the proposed interview for the appointment of a substantiveÂ coach for the senior national team, but included Okocha and Ikpeba who have not evenÂ gone into coaching in the list of technocrats that would determine the fate of KeshiÂ and Siasia.
Keshi has coached the Togolese and Malian national teams, while Siasia has ledÂ Nigeria to FIFA World Youth Championship and the Olympics, a feat that neitherÂ Okocha nor Ikpeba who recently quit active football can match.
The board of the NFF rose from its first meeting yesterday in Abuja, after a courtÂ action instituted by the Association of Professional Footballers led by HarrisonÂ Jalla was withdrawn, with the announcement that it has decided to shortlist SamsonÂ Siasia and Stephen Keshi for the Eaglesâ€™ job.
The board directed that Siasia and Keshi will face an interview panel on 4 NovemberÂ by the NFFâ€™s Technical Committee, which includes former team-mates Austin Okocha,Â Garba Lawal and Victor Ikpeba, as well as former coaches Adegboyega Onigbinde andÂ Christian Chukwu.
Both men are expected to face the committee after November 2 when it is inaugurated.
Other members of the committee are Chris Green, chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, viceÂ chairman, Deji Tinubu, Paul Bassey, Austin Elumelu, and Emmanuel Obi, secretary. TheÂ committee will recommend one of the two men to the board for appointment as coach.