Yusuf, Le Guen, 18 oth­ers ap­ply for Ea­gles’ job

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The Su­per Ea­gles care­taker coach Sal­isu Yusuf and front run­ner Paul Le Guen are among the 20 coaches that have ap­plied to lead the Su­per Ea­gles in the 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment, of­fi­cials have dis­closed.

NFF tech­ni­cal committee chair­man Chris Green dis­closed that as many as 20 coaches have ap­plied for the Ea­gles post va­cated by Sun­day Oliseh in Fe­bru­ary.

Le Guen, a for­mer Cameroon coach was pre­vi­ously re­ported not to have ap­plied for the po­si­tion, but of­fi­cials have now con­firmed he has done so.

Ser­bian Go­ran ‘Plavi’ Ste­vanovic, who posted a su­perb run with Ghana be­tween 2011 and 2012, is also in the run­ning.

For­mer Kano Pil­lars Slove­nian coach Ivo Sajh has also thrown his hat in the ring. He led Pil­lars to a his­toric CAF Cham­pi­ons League semi-final in 2009.

Dead­line for sub­mis­sion of ap­pli­ca­tions is Wed­nes­day with NFF an­nounc­ing a short list of can­di­dates on Fri­day after a tech­ni­cal committee meet­ing.

Mean­while AfricanFoot­ball.com spe­cially un­der­stands that the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) is now bank­ing on a sum of $1.5 mil­lion from a spon­sor to cover the salaries of a new for­eign coach for the coun­try.

The cash is ex­pected this week and if it comes through, Nige­ria could ap­point a new coach as early as next week, AfricanFoot­ball.com fur­ther learnt.

The Fed­er­a­tion is broke and the sports min­istry has made it abun­dantly clear the gov­ern­ment will not help out with pay­ing for an ex­pa­tri­ate coach, with sport min­is­ter, Solomon Dalung telling the world last week that the coun­try would not hire a for­eign coach to keep him un­paid.

The NFF is known to have sounded out a bank and an oil com­pany to pay for the new coach, who will lead Nige­ria through a dif­fi­cult 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group that has Al­ge­ria, Cameroon and Zam­bia.

It would be re­called that a ma­jor tele­phone com­pany bankrolled the salaries of Ger­man coach Berti Vogts be­tween 2007 and 2008, while a pres­i­den­tial task force was re­spon­si­ble for the salaries of the coun­try’s last for­eign coach, Lars Lager­back, for the 2010 World Cup.

The NFF on Sun­day an­nounced that it will on Fri­day re­lease a short-list of can­di­dates for the va­cant po­si­tion of the Su­per Ea­gles’ Head Coach, with the Fed­er­a­tion’s Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Committee set­ting to­mor­row as dead­line for in­ter­ested can­di­dates to ap­ply for the po­si­tion.

The Su­per Ea­gles are away to Zam­bia’s Chipolopolo on Oc­to­ber 3 in the first match of the Rus­sia 2018 World Cup qual­i­fier and will then host the Fen­necs of Al­ge­ria on Novem­ber 7, and again 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.

Coach Paul Le Guen con­trols the ball dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion with Cameroon

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