Bonfrere Jo, known for leading Nigeria to the Atlanta’96 Olympics gold medal as well as the 2000 African Nations Cup final has stated he knows how to revive the fortunes of the Super Eagles if he’s handed the coaching role on a permanent basis. Sunday Oliseh shockingly resigned from his position as head coach two weeks ago and Samson Siasia alongside a team of ex-internationals has been put in temporary charge of the Super Eagles.
But Bonfrere, brought to the country by Dutchman Clemens Westerhof says most coaches that have coached Nigeria don’t know how to handle the job hence their failure rate, saying only Stephen Keshi could handle the pressure of the Super Eagles job.
I know Nigeria very well; I worked there for a long time to understand the players’ and the officials’ thought processes. I understand that Nigerian players like to play football and that was why I worked very well with the players. If you don’t understand the players, their mentality, then it will be very difficult for any coach to work with them and get the best from them.” He said to CompleteSportsNigeria.
”It is difficult for the local coaches to coach Super Eagles because they don’t have experience in international football outside Africa. They have their coaching experience from inside Nigeria, not outside, so it is very difficult for the local coaches to handle teams successfully. In Africa, if you have local coaches in your teams, it’s likely there’s going to be no result, but with foreign coaches, you have more chances of getting success.”