We haven’t received Bonfrere Jo’s application for Eagles job, says NFF — Sport — The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

It’s a slap in the face for Nigerian football, analysts say Dutch coach
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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it had not received any applications from former Super Eagles manager Johannes Bonfrere despite media reports that he had officially applied for the job. The Dutchman was sacked in 2001 after losing a World Cup qualifier in Sierra Leone.

Prior to that, Bonfrere was an assistant coach for Clemens Westerhof between 1990 and 1994, and he led the Nigerian U-23 team to gold at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Some 20 years after his dismissal from the Super Eagles, Bonfrere feels no one has done what he did. He said in a letter he allegedly sent to Nigeria that: “It doesn’t take up to two months to build a great team and create a winning pattern.”

However, a senior NFF official told the Guardian yesterday that the federation had received no letter from Bonfrere. “I read about it on newspaper pages that Jo Bonfrere officially applied for the Eagles job. I don’t think we have such an application in our secretariat at the moment. Frankly speaking, the NFF is not thinking in that direction now. Our focus is our preparation for CAN Cameroon 2022, which is about five weeks away,” the official said.

When asked if the NFF were looking for a replacement for coach Gernot Rohr, the official said: “I don’t have an answer to that now. Every Nigerian will know our position if something like this happens. For now, our focus is on preparing the Super Eagles for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Meanwhile, some Nigerian sports analysts have described Bonfrere Jo’s latest move to return to work for the Super Eagles as a ‘big slap in the face’ for Nigerian football.

“I am so sad that Bonfrere Jo is looking to return to the Super Eagles 20 years after being sacked,” an analyst, who gave his name as Oluwatoyin, said on a radio broadcast listened to in Lagos. yesterday. “Which football club or national team has Bonfrere coached since his dismissal by Nigeria in 2001? To be frank, Bonfrere Jo is not the type of coach the Super Eagles need now. Football has gone from his kick and follows the style of play.”

Another analyst, whose name was Kingsley, said: “The Nations Cup time in Cameroon is too short for us to talk about Gernot Rohr today and Bonfrere Jo tomorrow. The NFF should come out and clear up the position of the Super Eagles coach. Who takes Nigeria to the CAN? Who are the invited players? We watch Nigerian players play for their clubs in Europe and other parts of the world every day. We know who is doing well and who is struggling. We also see what good coaches do with the other national teams. We need a good coach for the Super Eagles.

NFF Chairman Amaju Pinnick spoke yesterday after meeting Sports Minister Sunday Dare on the fate of Gernot Rohr.

“We discussed with the minister. We work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Sports. I need to discuss with members of my executive and come back to give my comments to the minister,” he said.

Pinnick continued, “We don’t want to hurt Nigerians. We look at our decision from an objective perspective. Believe me, whatever we do will be in the interest of the country. We have reviewed all the documentation and I can assure Nigerians that we will soon have a clear direction.

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