Lagos - Head coach of Finnish second division side JS Hercules, Daniel Amokachi is hoping his managerial role in the European club will open door for other African coaches.
The former Super Eagles assistant coach said the freezing weather in Finland is only a challenge he has to overcome.
“Freezing was the not the word, that’s an understatement - it was minus 35 degrees [Celsius] when I arrived!” he laughs, speaking to FIFA.com in an exclusive interview.
“I was leaving a country that was roasting, about 38 degrees when I left Nigeria. The day before I travelled, I checked the weather forecast with my wife and she joked: ‘Do you really want to go?’ [laughs] I said ‘Of course!’. The weather in Finland is an obstacle but with all obstacles when you’re trying to achieve something, you throw them out the window.
“The outdoor pitches are frozen and everything we do at the moment is indoor. You have a number of other teams using those facilities and it’s hard to get a full pitch to yourself, which can make the program you’re trying to lay down difficult. But I am a Nigerian, an African. I’m used to challenges and I would love to see it through.”
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A former assistant manager of the Nigerian national team – and later interim manager of the Super Eagles – Amokachi said the current role is the biggest of his coaching career so far.
“It is my first experience as an African manager coaching in Europe and there are not many Africans who are head coaches in Europe,” said the former Club Brugge, Everton and Besiktas star. “They are giving me a platform as an African to showcase what I can do and if I do well, it’s an open door for other African coaches.”
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