The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is set to hire a foreign Technical Director to develop the country's football, the federation said. But contrary to widespread perception about the role of a Technical Director, the man to be hired would not interfere in the running of the various national football teams.
There has been some controversy on whether the federation should sign on a foreign Technical Director, especially after Stephen Keshi, a local coach, took the Super Eagles to their first Nations Cup title in 19 years - at the recently-concluded 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
But the Chairman of NFF's Technical Committee, Mr. Christopher Green, said the Technical Director would not interfere with the coaches of the various national teams.
'The job of a Technical Director is separate and distinct from that of the coaches of the various national teams. The job is youth development, women's development. He is to design a programme on how to development football,' said Green.
'It (hiring a Technical Director) is a requirement by (world soccer's governing body) FIFA to helping to develop football in the (member) countries,' he added.
PANA reports that judging from the wide gulf between the supporters and opponents of hiring a foreign Technical Director, and the role played by the occupiers of the post in the past, it is doubtful if Mr. Green's explanation will douse the heat of the debate.