Abuja - Jimmy Adeniyi, the head of the coaching and training department at the National Institute of Sports (NISports), says Stephen Keshi has shown the ability to take the Super Eagles to higher heights.
Adeniyi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
He spoke in reaction to arguments in some quarters that there was the need for a foreign Technical Adviser for the 2014 Brazil World Cup-bound Super Eagles.
The NISports lecturer said Keshi’s success with the Super Eagles at the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa testified to his ability to take the national team very far.
"Stephen Keshi is doing a marvelous and wonderful job. All he needs is more encouragement.
"But there is still a backlog of salary left to be paid to him.
"That does not encourage (anyone). That does not engender harmony in the team. It does not engender motivation, and it does not bring out the best from the coach.
"The foreign coaches that we are talking about, when they come, they are paid thrice or four times the salaries of our local coaches.
"So, why then can’t we at least pay them half of the salary we pay foreign coaches? What they get now is still inadequate to me.
"But if you cannot go further, let it be regular. Let it not be delayed. With adequate encouragement, with adequate motivation, the sky will be the limit for Stephen Keshi."
Adeniyi urged government to lay more emphasis on exposing the nation’s indigenous coaches to international competitions such as the World Cup and AFCON to enable them to improve their skills.
He also urged local coaches to take advantage of the abundant opportunities available to them to go for refresher courses which would keep them abreast of current coaching trends.
"Personally I am not a student of the school of thought that believes in hiring a foreign technical adviser or a foreign coach.
"If you trace the history of coaching in Africa, you will discover that some African countries do not subscribe to this idea.
"Instead they believe in using what they have to get what they want. We should not be talking of a foreign technical adviser."