Coaches are an integral part of football. They are the ones that dish out the techniques and style of a team and the duty of each player is to duly implement the pattern of the gaffer. Which is why the coach is held accountable whether a team wins or loses.
Interestingly, Nigeria has brilliant coaches who have won trophies for the country. Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal list some of these coaches who while trying to win a game contend with 170 million other coaches yelling from the sidelines around the country.
1. Sunday Oliseh- Guardiola of Africa
He is the current Super Eagles coach and ex-player with the Super Eagles. His crisp, eloquent and knowledgeable analysis of football won him the job of coaching Nigeria’s national team in spite of his inexperience. In fact, when he was presented at a press conference, Amaju Pinnick, Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) described him as the Guardiola of Africa. He is from Abavo, Delta state and was born 14 September 1974.
2. Michael Emenalo
Popular with Chelsea fans in Nigeria, Michael Kelvin Emenalo came to limelight when he joined Chelsea in 2007 when Avram Grant was appointed coach of Chelsea. Born on 4th July, 1965, He is one of the few international coaches from Nigeria. in the near future, he expected to become the coach Chelsea owing to his close relationship with Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich.
3. Stephen Keshi
On the 10th of February, 2013, Nigeria defeated Bukina Faso by a lone goal scored by Sunday Uba at the African Nation’s Cup. The man on the touchline who was Stephen Keshi, who was praised to high heavens for restoring the pride of Nigerian football.
4. Shaibu Amodu
This Edo born tactician has had 3 different spells as the coach of the National team. From 1998 to 1999, 2001 to 2002 and 2008 till 2010. He is currently the technical director of the Nigerian Footbal Federation. Amodu won a bronze medal at the African Nation’s cup in Mali (2002) and Angola (2010). He was born on 18 April, 1958.
5. Christian Chukwu Chairman
Christian Chukwu was the former captain of the Super Eagles and coach of Nigeria between 2003 and 2005. He was fondly called Chairman Christian Chukwu by his admirers and aside from Nigeria, he has also coached the Kenyan National team in 1998 and Enugu Rangers during the 2008/2009 season.