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NFF Shortlists Three Candidates for Super Eagles

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reportedly narrowed down its search for the next head coach of the Super Eagles to three candidates: Emmanuel Amunike, Domenec Torrent, and Antonio Conceicao.

Solace Chukwu, Site Coordinator at AfrikFoot NG, expressed reservations about the selection process, suggesting that the pool of applicants might have been underwhelming to result in these three choices.

While Conceicao is seen as having the strongest credentials, concerns arise over Amunike’s lack of recent managerial experience and Torrent’s limited success in head coaching, particularly at the international level.

Amunike, the only Nigerian on the shortlist, boasts previous success with Nigeria’s U17 team and Tanzania’s national squad. However, his track record with club teams like Egypt’s Misr Lel Makkasa and Zambia’s Zanaco has been less impressive.

Conceicao, with prior coaching experience with Cameroon, led them to a commendable third-place finish at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. However, since leaving his position with Cameroon in 2022, he has remained without a job.

Torrent, formerly an assistant to Pep Guardiola at top European clubs, has ventured into head coaching himself. Despite stints with notable clubs like New York City FC in the MLS and Galatasaray in the Turkish Super Lig, his success as a head coach remains questionable.

The preference for foreign coaches by the NFF prompts discussions about potential biases against indigenous coaches. Chukwu highlights the need for Nigerian coaches to prove themselves internationally by achieving success in other African countries, similar to the accomplishments of Stephen Keshi with Togo and Mali.

Regarding the selection of Amunike over foreign candidates, Chukwu emphasizes the importance of considering qualifications objectively. While he personally believes Amunike could be as effective as any foreign coach, he acknowledges the lack of Nigerian candidates with comparable international experience and success.

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