NFF to re­lease short­list for Ea­gles’ coach Fri­day

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee

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he Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) will on Fri­day re­lease a short­list of candidates for the va­cant po­si­tion of the Su­per Ea­gles’ Head Coach.

How­ever, the Fed­er­a­tion’s Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee has set a deadline of Wed­nes­day, 6th July 2016 for in­ter­ested candidates to ap­ply for the po­si­tion.

Chair­man of the com­mit­tee, Bar­ris­ter Chris Green, told the nff.com that ap­pli­ca­tions are invited from all per­sons who feel they are qual­i­fied for the po­si­tion, as the three-time African cham­pi­ons get set to be­gin prepa­ra­tions for an in­ter­est­ing 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fy­ing race against Al­ge­ria, Cameroon and Zam­bia.

“We en­cour­age ap­pli­ca­tions from all highly-qual­i­fied per­sons, whether they be Nige­ri­ans or ex­pa­tri­ates. Ap­pli­ca­tions are wel­come un­til Wed­nes­day, and the Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee will meet on Fri­day to look through all ap­pli­ca­tions and re­lease a short-list,” Green stated.

The Su­per Ea­gles are away to Zam­bia’s Chipolopolo on Match­day 1 (Oc­to­ber 3) and will then host the Fen­necs of Al­ge­ria on Novem­ber 7. They will then host Cameroon’s In­domitable Lions on Au­gust 28, 2017 and visit the Lions five days later, be­fore host­ing Zam­bia a month af­ter and then round­ing off the se­ries by vis­it­ing Al­ge­ria on Novem­ber 7, 2017.

Al­ge­ria beat Nige­ria home and away in the qual­i­fy­ing se­ries for the 1982 World Cup in Spain, but Nige­ria re­turned the com­pli­ment in the qual­i­fy­ing se­ries for the 2006 World Cup in Ger­many.

Nige­ria threw Cameroon out of the race for the 1970 World Cup fi­nals, but then lost to the Lions in the race to the 1990 World Cup fi­nals. Cameroon also beat Nige­ria in three Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nal matches (1984, 1988, 2000), but the Su­per Ea­gles elim­i­nated then hold­ers Cameroon in the Cup of Na­tions quar­ter fi­nals in 2004, beat the Lions to the LG Cup ti­tle and whiplashed the neigh­bours 3-0 in a friendly in Bel­gium in Oc­to­ber last year.

Zam­bia piped Nige­ria over two legs in the last hur­dle to the 1986 Africa Cup of Na­tions fi­nals, but the Su­per Ea­gles stopped the Zam­bians at the semi-fi­nal stage of the 1990 fi­nals in Al­ge­ria, edged the Chipolopolo in the fi­nal of the 1994 cham­pi­onship in Tu­nisia, and also piped the south­ern Africans in the quar­ter-fi­nals of the 1992 and 2010 cham­pi­onships.

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