The Federal Government may have ruled out the possibility of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), hiring a foreign coach for the Super Eagles.
Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, made this known after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He stated that the current economy was not favourable and added that it was not wise to hire an expatriate, especially as the country is still indebted to some local coaches.
“The selection of coaches usually is handled by our technical team; we are a supervising ministry so we have little to do with the process but we have a role in guiding what is best for Nigeria,” he said.
“I have always maintained that we even cannot pay indigenous coaches; we still owe them some months of salaries and some of them have even died without those salaries.
“Do we still go and look for a foreign coach and will he (the foreign coach) be able to tolerate us without salaries for some time; more so that we may also be paying him in hard currency.
“So it’s a fundamental contradiction to swallow easily.”