SPORT Sadi urges Yusuf to ac­cept Ea­gles’ as­sis­tant role

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar

A for­mer Nige­ria in­ter­na­tional Dahiru Sadi has urged Su­per Ea­gles care­taker man­ager Sal­isu Yusuf to backpedal on his re­solve not to serve as as­sis­tant coach for the se­nior na­tional team again af­ter three stints in the role, say­ing do­ing so will help him land the job on the long run.

Wide­spread media re­ports in­di­cate that the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) have Okayed the ap­point­ment of French­man Paul Le Guen as the next Su­per Ea­gles coach though an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment is yet to be made by the Glass House on the mat­ter.

In a chat with Daily Trust yes­ter­day, the Saudi 89 star, also said he was one of the peo­ple who ad­vo­cated for Yusuf to be in­stalled on a per­ma­nent ba­sis be­cause he be­lieves the for­mer Kano Pil­lars man­ager has the im­pe­tus to qual­ify Nige­ria to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Rus­sia.

“I think he should change his mind on the as­sis­tant man­ager po­si­tion, if he as­sists Paul Le Guen in the next few years it will only in­crease his chances of land­ing the big job in the fu­ture, Le Guen is a good coach and so is Yusuf and I be­lieve they can com­bine well to take us to Rus­sia.”

Le Guen, 52, is ex­pected to re­place ex­in­ter­na­tional Sun­day Oliseh who ex­ited the job in Fe­bru­ary in the mid­dle of the botched 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fi­ca­tion campaign.

The for­mer France in­ter­na­tional was short­listed along­side Bel­gian tac­ti­cian Tom Saint­fiet and Yusuf, but is odds on favourite to land the job hav­ing been the pre­ferred can­di­date of NFF boss Amaju Pin­nick and other high rank­ing chiefs at the Glass House.

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