30 November 2021
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Reports linking Dutch coach Jo Bonfrere with the Super Eagles job as continued to elicit reactions among Nigerians.
Bonfrere led the U-23 men’s team to win the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics before leading the Eagles to win the silver medal at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana, losing the final game to Cameroon via penalty shootout.
A note reportedly written by the Dutch surfaced last week, applying for the Eagles job.
While the 75-year-old was yet to personally come out to confirm the article, ESPN journalist and former Eagles Media Officer, Colin Udoh, confirmed that Bonfrere had sent in his application.
“Nigeria’s 1996 Olympic gold-winning coach Jo Bonfrere has formally put in his paperwork to apply for the Nigeria job.
The Nigeria Football Federation is currently in the process of paying off current coach Gernot Rohr to terminate his contract while interviewing candidates for the job #SuperEaglesInsider,” Udoh wrote on Twitter.
Many Nigerians who reacted to the news questioned if he was suitable for the Eagles job.
“Nothing wrong in applying for the job but I am 100 per cent sure he is not an upgrade of (Gernot) Rohr,” Joshua Owoyomi wrote on Twitter.
Another Twitter user, @okachi_soup also asked the NFF to rather beam their attention on a “world-class manager”
“Dear NFF While interviewing Jo Bonfrere, I hope you ask him about his coaching experience in the last 18 years. We should not replace the unemployable Rohr with an unemployable Jo Bonfrere. There is no reason one of the best teams in Africa cannot get a world-class manager,” he wrote.
Obong Itata also added,” Maybe his cameo appearances with the ubiquitous ‘94 Eagles at their novelty matches has given him a false sense of entitlement.”
Some other questioned what coaching experience he had since leaving the Eagles two decades ago.
“No serious football nation will employ someone like Jo Bonfrere in 2021. What has he being doing over the years regarding coaching,” @Derek74399105 tweeted.
This was reiterated by Hameed Musa who tweeted, “He must be joking. After leading Super Eagles to the final of AFCON 2000, he hasn’t coach any serious team. I expect him to have retired from coaching.”
The PUNCH had reported that the NFF are in the process of disengaging Rohr as Eagles coach after complaints about his performance in the 2022 World Cup qualifying run