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Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Onigbinde considers future
Ongibinde prays
Onigbinde (right) will only stay if requested to do so

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Adegboye Onigbinde says he does not know whether he will remain as Nigeria's coach after the disappointment of being knocked out of the World Cup in the first round.

"It's not a decision for me to take", he said.

"It's a decision for Nigerians and the NFA".

Nigeria have never before failed to qualify from their group.

Onigbinde says that if his is offered the chance to continue, he wants to renegotiate the conditions.

"It's not necessarily the money first, but how we are going to go about it.

"In this emergency assignment, we had a lot of problems here and there.

"That's understandable because of the nature of the preparations and the difficulties we had initially.

"We have to talk over all these issues, and if we can come to an agreement then we will continue.

"If not, then Nigeria will have to look for somebody else".

Disappointment

Onigbinde was appointed as coach four months ago while he was on holiday.

He was given the task to build a new team for the World Cup after the African Nations Cup, where Nigeria were beaten by Senegal in the semi-finals.

Some of the team's most experienced players were dropped following that disappointment.

Onigbinde's role was always due to be reviewed after Korea and Japan, but he says he is satisfied with what he has done.

"The assignment I had with the Nigerian FA and the Nigerian people was to prepare a team to represent Nigeria in this competition.

"But mainly it was to set a foundation for a new Super Eagles team.

"I believe Nigerians are satisfied with what we have done so far."

Reality

And Onigbinde acknowledged that there was much dismay at the team's lack of success.

"Nobody is happy with the result - I would have loved to have moved in the next round.

"As I often said my ambition was to win the cup - but ambition is one thing and reality is another.

"But at least we now see a set of new Eagles in terms or performance, behaviour and commitment.

"And I believe Nigerians are happy with that. We have laid the foundations for a new beginning."


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