Connect with us

/">

SPORT

Aside Westerhof, Bonfere Jo, Other Super Eagles Foreign Coaches Are Mechanics —- Dosu Joseph

Gbemileke Ajayi

Published

on

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Dosu Joseph has branded the past and present foreign coaches of the senior national teams as ‘mechanics’.

In the last two decades, the Nigeria Football Federation has appointed eight foreign coaches – Clemens Westerhof, Johannes Bonfrere, Philippe Troussier, Bora Milutinovic, Thijs Libregts, Berti Vogts, Lars Lagerback, and Gernot Rohr to lead the team.

Only Westerhof led the team to an Africa Cup of Nations title in 1994, while Bonfrere and Rohr guided the team to a second and third-place finish respectively at the tournament.

The late Stephen Keshi, a Nigerian coach, guided the team to their third AFCON title in 2013, while the late Shuaibu Amodu led the team to a bronze medal finish in 2002 and 2010.

Local coaches Christian Chukwu and Augustine Eguavoen also led the team to an AFCON bronze medal finish in 2004 and 2006.

Atlanta 1996 Olympics gold medallist Dosu in an interview on PUNCH Online interview programme, Kick&Follow, where top personalities discuss topical issues in Nigerian football, said the local coaches had fared better than their foreign counterparts in the last two decades.

“The best foreign coach the NFF has appointed during my era was Clemens Westerhof and Johannes Bonfrere. After these two, the rest are all mechanics,” Dosu said.

“Let’s talk about the current coach (Gernot Rohr), he has been around for five years but what has he done?

“The late Stephen Keshi was in charge of the team for three years; he won the AFCON and led the team to a round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“They are not better than the local coaches. We are waiting to see when they will win the AFCON with the Eagles.”

The Eagles, who currently lead their 2021 AFCON Group L with eight points, will travel to Porto Novo to face the Benin Republic on match-day five on March 27, before hosting Lesotho three days later at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.

SPORT

Maradona Death Probe Widens To Include Nurses, Psychologist

Gbemileke Ajayi

Published

on

A psychologist and two nurses who helped care for football legend Diego Maradona before his death have been added to a widening involuntary manslaughter probe, a judicial source told local media Monday.

Maradona died of a heart attack outside Buenos Aires on November 25, weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot.

His psychiatrist Agustina Cosachov and heart surgeon Leopoldo Luque are already under investigation, as they were treating Maradona before his death.

The three people newly under investigation must appear before prosecutors this week, the judicial source told local media.

Investigators are trying to determine if any of the five people who had Maradona in their care were in any way negligent.

Maradona was suffering from liver, kidney, and cardiovascular disorders, but there were no signs of alcohol or narcotics consumption, according to his autopsy.

Luque, the surgeon, in November responded to the launch of an investigation for involuntary manslaughter by saying he did “everything he could, up to the impossible” for an “unmanageable” patient.

A first autopsy conducted the day Maradona died found he had suffered from the liquid on the lungs with acute heart failure brought on by a disease of the heart muscles that makes it harder to pump blood.

AFP

Continue Reading

SPORT

BREAKING: Chelsea Sack Manager Frank Lampard

Peter Okunoren

Published

on

Chelsea announced on Monday they had sacked manager Frank Lampard after a poor run in the Premier League.

“This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Frank and I have the utmost respect for him,” said owner Roman Abramovich.

Chelsea are struggling in ninth place in the Premier League table, 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.

They have lost five of their past eight Premier League matches after a good start to the season.

Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel in line to take over, reports said.

(AFP)

Continue Reading

SPORT

BREAKING: Man United Legend Wayne Rooney Appointed Derby Coach

Peter Okunoren

Published

on

Wayne Rooney has been appointed as Derby’s coach on a permanent basis, the Championship club announced on Friday.

Derby County confirmed the 35-year-old former Manchester United and England forward had agreed to a permanent deal until 2023, having succeeded Phillip Cocu on an interim basis in November.

The club statement confirmed that in accepting the manager’s role, Rooney had “elected to call time on his illustrious playing career to fully focus on his job”.

Details later…

Continue Reading

Most Popular