COACHES WANT OKOCHA, IKPEBA, OUT OF TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
The days Super Eagles' former skipper, Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, his former teammate, Victor Ikpeba, Enyimba chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu and Austell Elumelu on membership of the Nigeria Football federation (NFF) Technical Sub-committee are numbered if the campaign launched by the Nigerian coaches to remove all non-practising coaches from the committee scales through.
Daily Sunsports reliably gathered that the Chairman of the Technical Committee, Barrister Christopher Green, had in a quick response to the threat enrolled in the CAF Licence-C Coaching Course concluded in Abuja a few months ago.
Miffed by the dominance of the committee by non-professionals, Nigerian coaches expressed concern, threatening to take their case to the executive board of the Nigeria football governing board and other soccer administrative bodies if the federation fails to correct the imbalance.
The technical boss had, while defending his suitability for the position told Daily Sunsports in a chat recently: 'I don't know all in football, I'm still learning, I still attend courses. I have been attending coaching courses too and I'm trying to know if I can enrol in that profession. It goes to say that I'm still learning.' However, reacting to his enrolment in the recently concluded License-C course, a renowned member of the coaches association, who pleaded anonymity for fear of victimisation, noted that the technical committee boss took the decision because of the coaches' threat.
'He enrolled in coaching course because we have threatened that anybody who is not a coach or has no coaching experience should not be a member of the technical committee.'In other climes, where things work, you cannot have an unprofessional person as member of such sensitive committee such as technical body, let alone heading it. He knew how serious and determined we are in enforcing it. We are ready to go to any extent if the FA fails to do something about it,' he said.