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Former Nigeria coach advises against foreign handler for Falcons

05 August 2015, 13:11

Lagos - Former Super Falcons coach Ismaila Mabo has advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) against hiring an expatriate coach for the team following their recent poor showings under local coaches.

There has been calls for foreign coaches to lead the African champions after they failed to progress beyond the group stages of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada under former coach, Edwin Okon.

Also read: Super Falcons abandoned, return to Nigeria by road

With Okon sacked after the World Cup and replaced by his assistant, Christopher Danjuma – albeit temporarily – and with Danjuma now failing to lead the team to the next round of qualifiers for the 2016 Olympic Games, there has been renewed calls for a foreign coach to be appointed to lead the team.

But Mabo has advised the Glass House to look inwards rather than seeking an expatriate to handle the team.

“I don’t think what we need now is a foreign coach,” Mabo said, “I think we need to look inward for better replacements.

“The team has not done well recently and the results have not been good but I will not advise we get a foreign coach because we have capable hands here at home and I think that is the step we should be taking at this point,” he opined.

The Falcons have since returned from Equatorial Guinea, and will proceed on a one week break before regrouping for the All Africa Games.

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