Christian Chukwu, a Super Eagles hero, says the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) current's leadership does not recognize indigenous coaches.
The Super Eagles, coached by former international Austine Eguavoen – who was chosen on an interim basis to replace long-time coach Gernot Rohr – qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) round of 16 on Sunday, Chukwu added.
"I can promise you that the current Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) does not trust in Nigerian coaches," "The Chairman," a former player, told Channels Television's Sunday Sports.
Chukwu joins the chorus of fans and analysts who believe the Super Eagles require a local handler, noting the history that past World Cup-winning teams had their nationals handle them.
Using Eguavoen as a model, the 1980 AFCON winner commended the former defender for helping the Super Eagles improve their fortunes in Cameroon so far.
"I am pleased with Eguavoen's current performance. Eguaveon was handed the role in a short period of time, and you can see how he has turned the team around. Nigerian coaches are capable of performing even better than international coaches, but our federation does not respect them," he said.
He said the team is now known as the "Nigerian Eagles" and believes they will win the competition.
"I give appreciation to Eguavoen based on what I've witnessed." He has turned the team around. We are now known as the Super Eagles of Nigeria. And if they keep playing like this, we'll win the cup at the end of the day," Chukwu, the team's previous coach, remarked.
"Unlike when Rohr was there, the team now has an offensive force." Our game has fundamentally altered, and if they keep playing like this, I am confident that we can reach the final and, if possible, win the cup."