The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has advised the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure that its Technical Committee synergises with the coaching crew of the Super Eagles.
Dalung gave the advice at a meeting with the technical committee of the NFF, following Saturday’s 0-2 loss of the Super Eagles to Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Uyo on Tuesday in Abuja.
A statement signed by Nneka Ikem-Anibeze, his Special Assistant on Media, quoted the minister as saying that both parties identified the problems of the team, which included the disconnection between the technical committee and the coaching crew.
Dalung said that the team’s success was a collective responsibility of the committee and the coaching crew.
“This technical committee has what it takes to develop our indigenous football and this can be achieved when there’s a synergy between the coach and the technical committee.
“You must go back to tradition because you have veered off track. Football is team work and it is the responsibility of the technical committee to plan the team’s game, monitor and execute it with the coaching crew,” he said.
Dalung schedule another meeting with the technical committee and the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr for June 20.
Responding, Chairman of the committee, Chris Green, apologised to the Federal Government and Nigerians for the poor outing and promised that the committee would work hard to upturn the result in their next game.
“Our intention was not to lose the game. The technical department is the engine room of the federation.
“We have figured out our problems and we will tackle it head on before our next game.” Green said.
Bitrus Bewerang, Ahmed Yusuf, Mohammed Sanusi, Christian Chukwu, Garba Lawal, Mutiu Adepoju, Victor Ikpeba and Danladi Sunday attended the meeting (NAN)