KESHI: INDIGENOUS COACHES' LAST HOPE -PASCHAL
If Stephen Keshi fails as the Head Coach of the Super Eagles, God forbids, there may never be any chance for any indigenous coach in the national team, according to the former international, Patrick Paschal.
Paschal, the new chairman of the Bauchi Midfactory Company said the appointment of the former coach of Togo should bring a new dawn to the senior national team.
Paschal, speaking with Daily Sunsports on phone from Bauchi, said he's expecting Keshi to be up and doing and learn from the mistake of the past to lead the Eagles out of their present predicament.
Paschal said Keshi must not fail to deliver. According to him, his failure may spell doom for the future of indigenous coaches in the national team.
'Keshi should do everything possible to succeed because Nigerians are waiting for him. They are watching event with keen interest. Keshi is coming like a redeemer.
He is carrying the burden of indigenous coaches after Samson Siasia failed to deliver. He is the only coach they are looking up to to redeem the reputation of the local coaches but if he fails to prove his mettle, nobody would believe in the local coaches again,' Paschal said.
To make the slumbering Eagles fly again, he said Keshi needed to put the players on their toes. He must make them more committed to the task ahead of them.
'With Keshi in charge of the team, there should be a new orientation in the team.
The players should be alive to their responsibilities. Keshi should instil discipline. He should stop the players' attitude of staying two days in their homes before reporting to the camp during official assignment.
''The attitude of the players should change. Keshi needs good and committed players to succeed,' he said.
Paschal noted that during the days of Coach Clemence Westerhorf, most of the Nigerian players play in their clubs first eleven across Europe.
The Tourists' former chairman said he was expecting a similar approach in the present Super Eagles and Keshi had much work to do in that regard.
'Every national team player should strive to make first team of his various clubs. With that, there would be less work for the coach to do when the chips are down.
'Players should come to the national camp with high expectation to fight for shirts. There should be no automatic shirt for players', he said