FCT FA chairman Adam Mouktar Mohammed has said he believes the local coaches in Nigeria could be 10 times better than their counterparts if they were given the right support.
“The local coaches could be 10 times better than those from abroad because they understand our mentality, the players and the culture,” Mouktar Mohammed told Capital FM in Abuja.
“The local man will do far better than a foreigner, who does not live in Nigeria and only shows up when there is a match involving the national team.
“The foreign coach does not impact on the football space of the country.
“So, what we need to do is to develop the local coaches because they are the backbone of football development at the grassroots.
“We must continue to teach the teacher.”
The FA boss argued that local coaches have lagged behind because they do not support from the authorities.
“There hasn’t been a deliberate process to give the coaches a strong foundation,” he said.
“The problem is that every coach is basically on his own – you pay for the course and you are often overcharged.
“Take the example of the CAF coaching courses, they say Nigeria is charging too much for coaches to be trained.
“It’s a shame our coaches are behind at a time when we use technology and such platforms like Wyscout and Instat to analyse the game and opponents.”
He also demanded a more proactive coaches’ association.
“The coaches’ association must be stronger so that they could press for certain reforms,” he urged.
“We need more schools for coaches and we need state and local governments to expose these coaches.”