Friday, April 01, 2016

NFF set to hire foreign French coach for Eagles


The Nigeria Football Federation is set to hire a
Frenchman as coach of the Super Eagles after
the team failed to qualify for a second
consecutive Africa Cup of Nations.
National U-23 team coach Samson Siasia was
drafted to the Eagles for the double header
against the Egyptians after Sunday Oliseh
resigned but the Eagles drew 1-1 in Kaduna
before they were beaten 1-0 in Alexandria by
the record African champions.
Our correspondent learnt that the federation is
already in talks with the French coach but they
(NFF members) would meet with Minister of
Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Tuesday to finalise
discussions on the matter.
A top official of the federation, who pleaded
anonymity, said the coach has also indicated
interest to work with Nigerian legend Austin
Okocha in his technical crew. He said members
of the football body were forced to look to
Europe because Nigerian coaches lacked “an
all-encompassing manager with the managerial
and technical abilities.”
But he disclosed that ex-international Emmanuel
Amuneke and Salisu Yusuf would also assist the
coach if he eventually gets the job.
Our source said, “The coach we are targeting is
not just a regular foreign coach; he wants to
write his story with Nigeria. He has a wide
knowledge of Nigerian players in Europe and he
also has a list of players that have not decided
to play for Nigeria. Right now, we are arranging
Holland and Scotland friendlies through him.
The Frenchman is excited to manage Nigeria
and he wants to live in Lagos.
“He will be paid €44,000 monthly but it’s not
about the money. He’s coming with a trainer
and tactician and he’s going to pay them from
his money. That’s how you know the coach is
serious. We have put plans in place to ensure
he gets his salaries and allowances without
hitches.”
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, however declined
comments on the issue but admitted that the
meeting with Dalung was geared towards
moving Nigerian football forward.
“We will meet with the minister on Tuesday to
map out strategies on how to move Nigerian
football forward. We want the best coaches to
manage our national teams and we are working
towards that,” he stated.
Nigerian coaches have managed the national
team since 2001.


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