Former Nigeria striker, Benedict Akwuegbu has posited that a combination of Dutchman Jo Bonfrere, Emmanuel Amuneke and Joseph Yobo will be a good combination of coaches to drive the Super Eagles greater heights in African and global football, if the NFF and Gernot Rohr’s contract extension negotiation fails to materialize, Completesports.com reports.
“Amuneke and Yobo will make a fantastic combination,” Akwuegbu said.
“The two hold envious records in the game for the Super Eagles and equally played for the biggest clubs in Europe.
“And when you bring in a coach like Bonfrere Jo who is not only experienced but knows so much about Nigeria and African football particularly Nigerian players, it means Super Eagles are on the way to their best glory in Africa and World football.”
Recently, Nduka Ugbade charged Super Eagles to match their rating in the game with action by surpassing Ghana Black Stars’ quarter-final feat at the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals in South Africa.
Akwuegbu who is called ‘Austria Bomber’ says that feat is not far from actualisation if NFF puts in place the trio of Amuneke, Yobo and Bonfrere.
“Rohr has not really fared badly, but in the face of the unfolding dispute over contract terms, I think bringing back Bonfrere to work with Amuneke and Yobo is the best option,” he added.
“With Jo Bonfrere as technical adviser, Amuneke as Head Coach with Yobo as an Assistant Coach, Eagles are sure headed for the top once again.
“It is my candid conviction that with support, winning the Nations Cup and qualifying for the World and going far beyond the quarterfinals would not just be our target but our birthright.
“We’ve the talents, but all that is needed is the technical combination that will drive our possible first World Cup victory and I believe this combination can deliver that mandate.”
On suggestion that Bonfrere may not be physically strong enough considering his age and might only function better as Technical Director, Akwuegbu disagrees.
Bonfrere will be 74 years old on June 15,.2020.
“It’s not about age. It’s about experience and capability. Besides, he would work with younger coaches – Amuneke and Yobo. That will make a perfect blend,” Akwuegbu submitted.
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