U23 national team coaching job: Siasia battles Amao, Ogunbote

Federal quota system is delaying the Nigeria Football Federation's choice of a trainer for the country’s Olympic team

Goal.com has authoritatively gathered that the major reason why the Nigeria Football Federation has not named a head coach for the U23 national team is purely political as the football house is considering quota system as against competence.

The technical department of the NFF is considering the choice of former handler of the team, Samson Siasia who they feel is the best hand to do the job but some of the Executive Board members of the NFF prefer a coach from the South West region to fill the vacuum.

Two prominent coaches already pencilled down by the NFF for the job are former Shooting Stars Football Club (3SC) coach Fatai Amao and former Sunshine Stars FC Coach Gbenga Ogunbote, who led the club to consecutive semi final appearances in Caf Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Some of the NFF big wigs believe that a South West candidate is better just "to fulfill all righteousness" since other national teams including the Super Eagles have a coach from the South-South, Stephen Keshi, the Flying Eagles Head Coach, John Obuh hails from the South East while the U-17 national team coach, Manu Garba is from the Northern part of Nigeria.

So the advocates of quota system are in support of the U23 head coach to come from the South West. But the technical department is battling to have Siasia on board because according to one of the impeccable sources at the NFF: "If we really want the best result for our national team, politics and tribal sentiments should be thrown to the dustbin. Siasia has intimidating and best records most especially in that category (the U23’s) to handle the job well," the source argued.