BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
One of the major highlights of the on-going FIFA Confederations Cup was the Germany versus Cameroon fixture on Sunday. What has taken the attention is not the fact that Nigeria’s next competitive opponents, Cameroon, were only able to get a point out of the obtainable nine in the competition.
It is the stability that German football enjoys. Sports Village Square recalls that in 117 years, the German football governing body has had just 13 presidents. When Germany faced Cameroon on Sunday, the match was 150th under Joachim Löw as manager. He has been on the saddle since July 12, 2006 when he succeeded his boss, Jürgen Klinsmann.
On Sunday, he also had his 100th victory as the manager of the German side. In comparison, the Belgian Hugo Broos who is handling Cameroon is the team’s 12th manager since 2006.
Nigeria’s case is not better, Sports Village Square investigation reveals. Gernot Rohr is the ninth coach to handle the Super Eagles since 2006. Even then, some of those coaches had two or three short term tenures.
It amounts to a tall dream to think a coach handling Nigeria or an African team will have 150 matches as Joachim Löw has had with Germany. The coach with the highest number of matches with the Nigerian team was Amodu Shaibu who had 53 matches across four tenures.
He was just a match ahead of Clemens Westerhof who had 52 matches from 1989 to 1994. The same statistics abound in various African national teams. Since 2006, Ghana has had nine coaches while South Africa reportedly is having its 10th.
It is almost certain that when the curtain falls on the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers on November 6, at least half of the 20 coaches handling the teams that are currently in the race will lose their jobs.
Certainly, had Germany’s Joachim Löw taken a job in Africa, he would have been fired several times.
Hence, only mercenary European coaches ventured into Africa. No one will be patient enough for you to breathe your football philosophy into a team. When you lose a match, your job is already at stake.