“One of The Greatest in Africa” – CAF Celebrates Ex-Eagles Coach At 82
By Niyi Busari
Confederation of African Football, CAF, has said that the former Super Eagles coach, Festus Onigbinde is one of the best coaches in Africa,BSNSports.com.ng can report.
The Modakeke born coach who led Nigeria to the 2002 World Cup co-hosted by South Korea and Japan was the first indigenous coach to lead Nigeria to an African Nations Cup final in Cote d’Ivore. Nigeria finished second after losing the final match to their bitter rivals, Cameroon.
CAF eulogised the Nigerian coach in an interview on their website which reads; “Festus Adegboye Onigbinde became the first indigenous coach to take the Super Eagles, then known as the Green Eagles, to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) when he led the West African country to the finals in 1984 in Cote d’Ivoire.
Undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches to come out of the continent, Onigbinde, now 82, reminisces with fond memories his journey with the Eagles in 1984 where they reached the final in Cote d’Ivoire, before losing 3-1 to rivals Cameroon.
The loss to the Indomitable Lions notwithstanding, the experienced Nigerian tactician remains proud of his achievements.”