June 17, 2024

Troost-Ekong reveals his ideal Super Eagles coach

Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong has declared he would prefer a local coach to manage the Super Eagles.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has yet to name a substantive head coach for the Super Eagles since Jose Peseiro left the post at the end of February.

Former international, Emmanuel Amuneke as well as two expatriates, Domenec Torrent and Antonio Conceicao are said to be in the running for the job.

Asked by Nigeria football legend, Segun Odegbami on his preferred choice during a radio programme on Eagles FM on Saturday morning, Troost-Ekong said he would prefer a local tactician to take over from Peseiro.

“I think that will be the ideal situation for our team to be honest,” declared the centre-back.

“I said that because I have seen Senegal for example, what they achieve with their coach. Ivory Coast now, they changed their coach in the middle of the tournament.

“There is something that has to be said about a coach understanding about the culture of a country, players and daily route having been there before as a player, playing at the AFCON.”

The PAOK Salonica of Greece player however said he is willing to work under another following his remarkable experience under Gernot Rohr and Peseiro.

“But on the other hand, I can’t dismiss having a foreign coach because my experience under Gernot Rohr was so very good. We went to the World Cup and AFCON semi-finals in Egypt,* he added.

“Under Jose Peseiro, there were a lot of criticisms before the tournament and the year leading after it. And for him to take us to the AFCOn final, it’s a lot of achievement for him.

“For me, I like to think beyond nationalities and political positions. I like to think whatever decision that will be made will be the best for the team.”

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