As in different circles of public life, selection of national coaches turns into a sincerely charged issue and the most meriting isn’t generally the one who gets the job. It along these lines winds up noticeably more secure and all around pleasant to make due to an impartial foreigner.
Nigerian football coaches who cleared a path for indigenous tacticians from the nation to carry out their trade abroad, the onus has fallen on men of the present age to follow suit.
Just last week, former Nigerian international and U17 coach Emmanuel Amunike was appointed as the head coach of Sudanese top division club Al Khartoum Watani. The report of his appointment was greeted with positive reviews and great expectations as the pool of Nigerians coaching foreign clubs continues to increase.
It is the belief by many that this can only help the development of Nigerian coaches and also Nigerian football as well.
In the past, few Nigerian coaches headed only clubs and National teams in Africa but in recent times Nigerians are starting to get coaching jobs in leagues in Europe, and although they can be counted with the tip of the fingers, it’s only a matter of time before the number increases.
However, with ex-internationals delving into coaching and acquiring FIFA coaching badges, the number of Nigerian coaches heading abroad continue to grow.
Today Cheapgoals.com highlight Nigerian coaches testing their mettle at the top level.
■ Harrison Okagbue – Uganda 1999-2001
One of the few Nigerians to have coached a foreign team in the late 90s. Harrison became the coach of the Cranes of Uganda in 1999 and his time there spanned 3 years till 2001.
The ex-Eagles defender played in the Nigerian league in the 70’s with the now-defunct Sharks and Rangers before retiring in 1980. He moved to Uganda in 1999 and was appointed the coach of the Ugandan National team, however after a 3-0 loss to Togo at home in an African Nations Cup Qualifier he was sacked. Since then he hasn’t coached another National team and has retired from active sporting activities.
■ Christian Chukwu – Kenya (1998)
As a player, Chukwu was the first Nigerian to lift the African nations cup trophy, he is also ex-captain of Rangers International.
He started his coaching career in Lebanon in the mid-90s and was appointed as coach of the Kenyan national team in 1998 where he spent a year and failed to qualify them for any tourney.
■ Maureen Mmadu – Avaldsens & Avaldsens 2 (2012- present )
After playing for various teams in Europe and Norway especially, Maureen became the first Female Nigerian coach to handle a European team as a coach.
She boasts of a UEFA C coaching license and since 2012 she has been the assistant coach of Avaldsnes women FC, in Norwegian top flight while she doubles as the main coach of Avaldsens 2 (the junior team of Avaldsnes) in division 2 of the Norwegian female league football.
The Anambra born is also a coach developer and has stated her interest In the Super falcon’s job, as a player she is the first person to reach 100 caps with the super falcons.
■ Micheal Emenalo – Chelsea (2010)
Just recently the ex-Rangers and Super Eagles defender left his role as the Technical director of Chelsea Fc but before now, Emenalo has served as an Assistant coach in his Chelsea career.
He was promoted from the post of chief scout to an assistant coach of the first team in November 2010. However less than a year later he became appointed as the technical director of the team, a role he left earlier this month and since then he has been linked with a move to AS Monaco.
■ Shuaibu Amodu – Orlando Pirates (1996-1997)
The late tactician had handled a few Nigerian club sides in the late 80s and early 90s but in 1996 he was appointed the chief coach of South African side Orlando Pirates leading them to a 3rd place finish in the league.
Amodu could be listed among Nigerian football’s unsung hero after he managed the National team on several occasions qualifying the Super Eagles for the World cup on two occasions (but was never allowed to handle the team at the World Cup proper) and also leading them to the 3rd place finish at the African cup of nations. He died on the 10th of June 2016 just days after the death of Stephen Keshi.
■ Daniel Amokachi – Js Hercules (2016-present)
The bull started his managerial career with Nasarrawa United in 2006 before becoming assistant coach in the national team setup later on in 2007 and in 2013 after a return to the Super Eagles dugout, he won the African nations cup as assistant to Stephen Keshi, he coached the likes of Enyimba and Ifeanyi Ubah Fc as well before moving abroad to Finland.
He was appointed as Coach of Finnish third division side Js Hercules in 2016 and has recently been promoted to the post of Technical Director.
■ Emmanuel Amunike – Al Khartoum Watani (2017- )
The former U17 coach of Nigeria was appointed last week by the Sudanese top division club, but before now he has handled Saudi’s top division club Al Hazam as assistant coach in 2008 and after that, he returned to Nigeria with Julius Berger and later on the now-defunct Ocean boys
He won the FIFA U17 world cup in 2013 with the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, the fourth time the Africans had won it and in 2015 he led the u20 team to the FIFA u20 world cup in New Zealand where they were knocked out in the round of 16 by Germany.
■ Sunday Oliseh – Verviétois(2007) & Fortuna Sittard (2016-present)
Sunday Oliseh needs little introduction as a player and as a coach, he is gradually building a good reputation albeit with a tint of controversy.
Oliseh started his coaching career in Belgium with youth teams in the Belgian 3rd Division Verviers, notably the Under 19 team and Graduated to the first team as chief coach season 2008–09 Verviers. During the 2014–15 season, he was appointed as the Chief Coach and Club Manager of RCS VISE Belgium 3rd Division.
He moved to Netherlands in 2016 after a controversial stay as Super Eagles coach, he currently coaches 2nd division club Fortuna Sittard. Last season he stirred the team from relegation to safety with impressive performances and this season his team sits third with 7 wins 2 draws and 3 losses on the log with promotion in view. He has broken and created a lot of records with the team this season and it remains to be seen if he will lead Sittard to the Eredivisie at the end of the season.
■ Stephen Keshi – Togo (2004-2008, 2011) & Mali(2008-2010)
The big boss left a lot of records and achievements that current and aspiring Nigerian coaches would hope to match in their career, although the late ex-Super Eagles captain and coach didn’t manage any club, he did wonders with Emmanuel Adebayor led Togo team and later on the Mali national team.
He helped The Sparrow Hawks qualify for their first and only World Cup appearance till date in 2006, however, he was sacked before the World Cup proper due to a dismal outing at the 2006 AFCON where they crashed out in the group stage and he was replaced by German coach Otto Pfister.
He returned to coach them in 2007 after their dismal World Cup outing and led the team for another one year before being appointed as Mali’s chief coach to the 2010 AFCON where they crashed out of the group stage as well.
However, he became one of only two people, along with Egypt ‘s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach after leading Nigeria to her third title in 2013. He also led the team to the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.
On the 16 November 2013, Keshi’s Nigeria secured qualification to the 2014 World Cup by beating Ethiopia 4–1 on aggregate in a playoff, setting a record in African football by being the first African coach to successfully qualify two African nations (Nigeria and Togo) to the World Cup Finals.
He also helped Nigeria become the first country to achieve an African Cup of Nations trophy and World Cup qualification, both in 2013.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time
The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.
A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.
There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.
10. Roberto Rivelino
Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.
He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.
Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.
8. George Best
Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.
De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.
6. Johan Cruyff
One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.
Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.
4. Diego Maradona
Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.
Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.
Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.
The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.
Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.
Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.
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