Gbenga Ogunbote: Nigerian coaches deserve all the respect

The former Sunshine Stars handler has said that every coach in the country must be accorded all respect as they do their jobs
Former Sunshine Stars coach Gbenga Ogunbote has told that Nigerian coaches should be respected and encouraged to give their best following Stephen Keshi's Africa Cup of Nations winning feat.

Ogunbote who took the Akure side to the semi final of the Caf Champions League last season noted that the country has some of the best coaches in Africa and they must be motivated to continue the good work they have been doing.

He was also the coach of outstanding defender Godfrey Oboabona who shone brightly at the tournament in South Africa where the Super Eagles emerged winners.

"I have always known that we have good coaches in the country. Nobody gave Stephen Keshi a chance to do well at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nation," Ogunbote told "But he showed that he has come of age with the way he handled the team all through the competition.

"And when you look at the home-based players at the tournament, you will realise they have also gone through good coaching at their clubs.

"There might be constraints, but we have proven that the odds we face has not derailed our desire to do the best we can.

"If we have all the cooperation from the clubs, there is no way we will not continue to churn out good players every season.

"Inspite of the problems we have faced, we have been able to show everybody that we are good.

"I know that we still have a lot to learn in the art of coaching. But the relevant authorities should also give us the needed encouragement to always do well," Ogunbote said.