The Nigeria Football Federation says it may resort to appointing a foreign coach to lead the Super Falcons should the caretaker coach, Edwin Okon, fail to impress.
Okon was appointed on temporary bases to handle the two Falcons’ international friendly matches against Japan, following the resignation of former coach, Khadiri Ikhana, who led the team to a disappointing fourth place finish at the last African Women Championship (AWC) in Equatorial Guinea.
The NFF president, Aminu Maigari, in an exclusive discussion with supersport.com, revealed that the federation may have to cast its nets in foreign shores for a substantive coach, if Okon happens to be unequal to the task.
“As a federation, our most important objective is the development of Nigerian football at all levels. We have confidence in Okon which informed our decision to appoint him in the first place,” Maigari said.
Maigari also said every form of support required for the success of the team rebuilding process will be giving to the Okon-led technical crew.
“We will give the coach and his assistant every iota of support to help them succeed. The federation has lined up two friendly games against the best team in the world (Japan) to buttress our intentions.
“If the coach however fails to meet up to the standards we expect, we may have to appoint a sound foreign coach and have (Okon) and his technical crew work as assistants under the coach to help them improve on their knowledge of the game.
“Ultimately, we strive to make Nigerian football the best not just on the continent but the best in the world and we will do all that is necessary to see that our football remains at the top,” added Maigari.
Goals from Yuki Ogimi and Nahomi Kawasumi sealed victory for Japan against Nigeria in the first of the two-legged friendly match, played at the Nagasaki Athletic Stadium on Sunday.
The second-leg of the encounter comes up on Thursday in Chiba.