Legendary Okocha backs Pitso Mosimane to coach Nigerian Super Eagles

Posted : 08 December 2023

Former Nigeria captain and iconic midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha expresses confidence in Pitso Mosimane's coaching abilities for the Super Eagles. Mosimane, previously with Bafana Bafana, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Al Ahly, is linked to the Nigeria national team job due to the current coach's shaky position after disappointing 2026 World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria shares World Cup qualifiers Group C with Bafana Bafana, and Mosimane expresses interest in leading one of the African teams in the 48-team World Cup in 2026. Okocha, speaking at an event celebrating the Bundesliga's 60 years in Johannesburg, praises Mosimane as one of the continent's top coaches, welcoming the idea of him coaching Nigeria.

Okocha emphasizes the need for the current Super Eagles generation to restore the team's status, emphasizing teamwork over individual stardom. Despite recent setbacks, Okocha believes Nigeria has a strong team and encourages a focus on World Cup qualification rather than the South Africa-Nigeria rivalry.

Reflecting on Nigeria's two draws in the opening World Cup qualifiers, Okocha urges a shift in mindset to prioritize qualification over inter-country rivalry, acknowledging the surprising leadership of Rwanda in the group standings.

 

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