NFA set to sack Vogts
Non-performing coach must be sacked, says Adamu
By Olukayode Thomas
THE Technical Director of the Super Eagles, German Berti Vogts, may have been sacked last night by his employers, the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), according to reports from the board members meeting at Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana.
As at 10 p.m. yesterday, the board was meeting, but sources in Accra told a local website that meeting was just to ratify the decision to sack Vogts said to have been taken earlier by the Minister of Sports, Abdulrahman Gimba and the Chairman of Globacom Telecommunication Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr.
The decision to sack Vogts is coming barely a week after the board of NFA passed a vote of confidence on the German, whose sack may be announced today.
Efforts to reach top officials of the NFA yesterday were abortive, but the Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Amos Adamu, told The Guardian that the NFA is still meeting and that a decision on Vogts' future will be taken at the meeting.
Adamu, while saying the coach should be sacked, maintain his earlier stance that all non-performing coaches ought to be sacked.
"I have said it before and I will say it again, all the coaches that failed to perform must be sacked. I am not a member of the NFA board, so I cannot say anything about Vogts, but I believe if a coach is not doing his job well he should be sacked".
On insinuations that Stephen Keshi or Shauibu Amodu will take over, and rumour that Nigeria will look for a new foreign coach Adamu, said: "I have nothing against the local coaches or the foreign coaches, what we need is a coach that will give us the desired results, whether foreign or local".
Vogts journey to his eventual sack began Monday January 21, when the Super Eagles lost 0-1 to Cote d'Ivoire in the opening game of Group B of the on-going MTN Nations Cup.
The Nigerian team could not raise its game in the second match as they drew 0-0 with Mali. Even when they played minnow, Benin Republic, the Super Eagles struggled to beat them 2-0.
The straw that broke the camel's back was the 1-2 loss to 10-man Black Stars of Ghana on Sunday in the quarter-finals.
A repentant Vogts yesterday apologised for his mistakes and promise to lead Nigeria to 2010 World Cup in South Africa.