I Have The Capacity To Make Super Eagles Great Again… Nigerian Born Thailand Coach

June 01 12:04 2021

I Have The Capacity To Make Super Eagles Great Again

A former Stationery Stores of Lagos defense stalwart and Nigerian born Thailand based coach Adebayo Gbadebo has sensationally declared his readiness to take the Super Eagles to the next level if given the opportunity to handle the team.

Speaking as a Special Guest at the monthly Ex-University of Ibadan Footballers Association virtual interactive session over the weekend, the Nigerian born Thailand based Coach wonder, declared emphatically when asked about his readiness for the job, “We still have a coach for the Eagles in the person of Mr. Rhor. I have seen the team play and although they might have had some patchy results but I think they are firing on all cylinders at the moment and therefore I don’t think the coach will resign or be changed. But like I always say, you cant predict anything in football. You don’t know what can happen. However, should they need my services am very ready. I have the requisite experience and am a Pro-licensed coach meaning I can coach any team at any level.”

Speaking further, the Lagos born coach declared, “It will be a great honour to coach my country. Coaching the Eagles is a dream of every Nigerian coach and I believe I have what it takes as a pro licensed coach. Its all about your experience, knowledge and the backing of the NFF. It’s a project that must be built on. If everything is in place, am ready to help my country take the national team to the highest level. We will achieve big things together”.

According to the Head Coach of Suphanburi FC, which plays in the Thailand Premier league, all hands must be on deck for the team to succeed. “ The right thing to do is for the NFF to have a proper process in place for us to excel. Take a look at the French national team. They are already talking about the coach to take over from Deschamp. We must be organized as it takes a well organized process to excel”, he concluded.

The Univerisity of Ibadan Sociology graduate and 1991 Sheffield (UK) World University Games veteran is excited about the quality of players in the Eagles team. “We have the players. We have the quality. We have players like Oshimhen, Iheanacho, Aribo, Ndidi, Chukwueze amongst others. These are players in top form and in top teams and are ready to go”. The former Nigerian international also gushed about his love for Seidu Sanusi of Porto FC and rated the late Stephen Keshi as his favourite Nigerian player of all time.

Coach Adebayo Gbadebo who won the football gold medal with the University of Ibadan soccer team at the 1990 Nigerain Universty Games (NUGA) in Port Harcourt was invited to the Super Eagles by Clemence Westerhof in 1990 and was with Stationary Stores FC of Lagos between 1990 and 1993 where he played in the semi final of the African Champions Cup in 1993. He was also invited to the Nigerian National U-20 and U-23 teams while at Stores. He had a brief stint at Eagle Cement FC of Port Harcourt from where he moved abroad to Al-Bourj FC of Lebanon. In 1998, he moved from Lebanon to Mohun Bagan Athletic Club , India, where he led the team to an all time high 2nd position in the Indian Soccer League and champions of the Indian Cup shield. He moved to B.E.C. Tero Sasana F.C. Thailand in 2000, where he led B.E.C to win the Thai Premier League and the quarter final of the Asia Champions League in the 2000-2001 season. In 2004, he moved to the Indonesian club PSPS Pekanbaru.
After a successful playing career that took him from Nigeria to Lebanon, India, Indonesia and Thailand, he eventually retired into coaching and got his coaching badges including the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Coaching “A” Licence in 2014 and the AFC Pro Diploma Licence in 2019.

Edwin Evbie and Henry Duru

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