2016 NPFL champion and Head Coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles B team, Imama Amapakabo has told brila.net that players and Coaches in the Country aren’t teachable.
Imama won the League title in his first full season as Rangers Int’l FC Head Coach, he went on to become an assistant Coach in the Super Eagles.
Recently he was handed the roles of Olympic Eagles and Super Eagles B Coaches, leading the sides on continental competition qualifiers.
He qualified for the Africa U23 Cup of Nations defeating Sudan 5-1 on aggregate, but saw his make shift team walloped 4-1 by minnows Togo in an African Nations Championship.
With his team now facing a uphill task to reach the CHAN next year, the Coach, stunned most with his scathing assessment of players in the league, including contemporary Coaches.
‘It is a difficult thing for Nigerian players; based in the Country, to interpret tactics and formation, with due respect even some of the Coaches in the league don’t understand tactics and formation, so how do you give what you don’t have,’ he said.
As part of the Super Eagles backroom, Imama and Head Coach Gernot Rohr have come under constant pressure to include more home based (NPFL) players in the first team.
However, the argument against holding the doors wide open for the NPFL stars is the irregular schedule of the league and quality of the players in comparison to their foreign based counterparts.