Nigeria's coaching crew at the 2010 FIFA world cup in South-Africa
After the departure of swede, Lars Lagerback, due to the dismal outing of the Super Eagles at the world cup in South-Africa, the post of the National team coach of Nigeria has been vacant.
Currently only a caretaker manager in Augustine Eguaveon has been in charge of the team and with the deadline day for the appointment of a substantive coach for the Super Eagles getting closer by the day, We take our pick of top five Nigerian coaches jostling for the vacant position for Nigeria's National team, even as the team prepares to tackle Guinea in the 2012 African Nations cup qualifiers on October 10.
Arguably one of the most successful coaches in Nigeria's local scene, Kadiri Ikhana, takes the number 5 spot in our top five.
The member of the 1980 African Nations cup winning Green Eagles, Ikhana began his coaching career with Elkanemi warriors in 1986 and has won 2 league titles with Enyimba(2002) and kano pillars(2008). Ikhana created history when he became the first coach to lead Enyimba to win the African Champions League in 2003.
He is known for always making his mind known on any issue without shying away from it, (resigned from his position at Kano pillars on 27 May 2008, citing corruption in the game) and his versatility has seen him moved to Niger Republic as technical director before returning to the country as coach of Kwara united in July 2010.
The 2003 Confederation of African Football, African club coach of the year stands a chance of coaching the national team but he might not be in good terms with the administrators of the game due to his uncompromising stance on issues and outspoken nature.
Okey Emordi is the current technical adviser of Nigerian league champions, Enyimba and also follows in the footstep of Kadiri Ikhana as the second Nigerian coach to win the CAF champions league with the same team (Enyimba) in 2004.
The former Rangers, Heartland and Bush Bucks of South Africa gaffer is currently in hot demands in the local league after winning the 6th league title for Enyimba and his second title overall.
The 2004 CAF African coach of the year had an unsuccessful stint with the home base Super Eagles loosing out to Ghana in the qualifiers of the inaugural African Nation championship, but as since bounced back on the scene with some scintillating display with Enyimba.
Will make a good coach but the fear of him being easily influenced by the foreign base players and the football administrators stands against his choice as the head coach of Nigeria
Augustine Eguaveon is the current caretaker coach of the super eagles and already has the post of the Olympic team under wraps.
Fondly called cerezo, Eguaveon has been drawing applause for his daring moves by mixing a considerable amount of local league players and their foreign based counterpart in the current setup of the national team.
A member of the 1994 African nations cup victorious squad and also part of the first Nigerian team to grace the FIFA world cup began his coaching career in the National team setup started gradually right from the under seventeens (2001) then moving to the senior national team, where he was appointed assistant to Christian Chukwu from 2002 to 2005, before taking the reigns in 2006, winning bronze at the African nations cup in Egypt.
Eguaveon can best be described as a patient dog who the football administrators in Nigeria can easily work with but may yet loose out due to his unpopularity amongst Nigerians. he is one for the nearest future.
A household name in Nigerian football, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, threw his hat in the ring to become the head coach of Nigerian national team after the post was thrown open.
Keshi has been a part of the coaching staff for the Nigerian national team, most notably as head coach for the flying Eagles in 2001 and also an assistant to Shuaibu Amodu in 2002, where they won bronze at the African Nations cup held in Mali before being denied a chance to go to the world cup after the team and the coaching crew were disbanded by the Nigerian Football Federation.
Between 2004 and 2006 Keshi coached the Hawks of Togo, unexpectedly bringing them to their first World Cup tournament, Germany 2006 and again was denied the opportunity of leading them to the world cup, just like with Nigeria in 2002.
The big boss also had stint with eagles of Mali and was also a team mate to Augustine Eguaveon in the early 90s.
Keshi will do well with the team if appointed due to his experience, but many will fear for the return of the Mafia theory in the team as was the news during his playing days, where players dictates who gets picked for the team and also a little confrontation should be expected with the country's football administrators.
If a nationwide poll is to be conducted on who should take the exalted position of the super eagles coach, truly and truly, Samson Siasia will effortlessly get the nod, but wishes are not horses for the Bayelsa born former Nigerian international.
our number one pick of Nigerian coaches suitable for the super eagles helms man, Siasia has so many things go him for him both on and off the field.
He started his national team coaching role with the flying eagles(U-20) in 2005, loosing out in the finals to Argentina and also the Olympic team in 2008, then returning to the U-20 in 2009.
Siasia is currently in charge of heartland football club of Owerri and was expected to step in to the post of national team coach but the dismantling of the Nigerian football federation led to that decision being overturned and the post thrown open for all and sundry.
Siasia posses the best chance to step in to the role of the super eagles because he has the support of not only the fans, press but also some of the national team players are in favor of him being in charge due to his coaching techniques. his Achilles heel will be his uncompromising and outspoken nature