Sunday Oliseh, the Head Coach of the Super Eagles, will henceforth report to Shuaibu Amodu, the National Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Chris Green, the Chairman, NFF’s Technical and Development Committee, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that this development was for easy coordination.
Green also said this was because NFF’s Technical Department was structured in a way that all the national team coaches must report directly to Amodu.
“Shuaibu Amodu is the National Technical Director and as such he is involved in all the games of the national teams, whether in the under-17, under-20 or Super Eagles.
“Normally, as the National Technical Director, Oliseh will report to him (Amodu), while he (Amodu) reports to the Technical Committee and from there to the General Secretary and finally to the Executive Committee of the NFF.
“His (Amodu) function is to prepare programmes for the Federation for the various national teams for the next five years. So, for every game we play, he is involved by virtue of his position.
“All of us will have to work together. Oliseh is the Head Coach of the Super Eagles, while Amodu is the National Technical Director.
“However, Amodu is not directly involved in the handling of the Super Eagles, but he is directly involved in the formulation of policies and programmes for all the national teams,’’ Green said.
He said he was sure Amodu would not usurp the duties of Oliseh.
“He will only give directives through his programmes and policies for the team, ahead of the qualifiers with Egypt, Tanzania and Chad,’’ Green said.
On the committee’s meeting with Oliseh, scheduled for Friday, Green said the Eagles coach had written to indicate that he would be absent from the meeting.
He noted that Oliseh’s reason for being absent from Friday’s meeting would be viewed on its merit.
“The meeting has been slated. If Oliseh is writing to say that he will not attend, then we will look at his reasons for not attending. But the meeting is not only about Oliseh.
“We (the committee members) are also meeting to look at the programmes of all our national teams and the list of invited players for the national teams which have engagements in the near future,’’ the NFF executive committee member said.
Green however said what was important to the NFF now was for the Eagles to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) scheduled for Gabon.(NAN)