NFF names Le Guen Su­per Ea­gles coach

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee


he Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) will to­day name French­man Paul Le Guen as the Head Coach of the coun­try’s se­nior na­tional foot­ball team, the Su­per Ea­gles.

A de­pend­able source close to the Fed­er­a­tion told Daily Trust that the former coach of the In­domitable Lions of Cameroon has been picked ahead of Nige­ria’s Sal­isu Yusuf and Bel­gian Tom Saint­fiet by the re­cruit­ment panel based on his cre­den­tials and track record.

Our source said the pan­elists were im­pressed that be­sides qual­i­fy­ing an African side for the World Cup, Le Guen also has vast knowl­edge of Euro­pean foot­ball which would ben­e­fit the coun­try dur­ing the World Cup proper.

How­ever, a state­ment from the NFF yes­ter­day said the Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion will meet in Abuja to­day to in­ter­view three per­sons short­listed for the Su­per Ea­gles’ Head Coach po­si­tion and there­after for­ward the name of the suc­cess­ful can­di­date to the NFF Board.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, Chair­man of the NFF Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, Bar­ris­ter Chris Green, told yes­ter­day that: “We have con­cluded ar­range­ments for the in­ter­view process to take place at the NFF sec­re­tariat on Mon­day and there­after, we will for­ward the name of the suc­cess­ful can­di­date to the NFF Board, which will de­lib­er­ate on it and there­after make their de­ci­sion pub­lic.”

Green made it clear the com­mit­tee will only set­tle for the can­di­date they see as most qual­i­fied and ca­pa­ble of qual­i­fy­ing the Su­per Ea­gles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup fi­nals in Rus­sia.

He named the can­di­dates as Nige­rian Sal­isu Yusuf (54), Bel­gian Tom Saint­fiet (43) and French­man Paul Le Guen (52) are the can­di­dates in the run­ning.

Saint­fiet coached the Na­tional Teams of Namibia, Zim­babwe, Ethiopia, Ye­men, Malawi and Togo, and also worked with the Qatar U-17 side, Young Africans FC of Tan­za­nia and Free State Stars FC in South Africa.

Yusuf was capped by Nige­ria at U-20 level, won FA Cup ti­tles with El-Kanemi War­riors of Maiduguri as a player and coached top clubs Kano Pil­lars, El-Kanemi War­riors and Eny­imba FC. He as­sisted Su­per Ea­gles’ head coaches Sam­son Si­a­sia and Stephen Keshi (of blessed mem­ory), and was care­taker coach for two friendlies that the Ea­gles won against Mali and Lux­em­bourg in Europe at the end of May.

Le Guen, 52, played for Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Ger­main and won 17 caps for France, be­fore coach­ing Rennes, Lyon, PSG (in France) and Glas­gow Rangers (in Scotland). He qual­i­fied the In­domitable Lions of Cameroon for the 2010 FIFA World Cup fi­nals and also coached Oman.

Paul Le Guen con­trols the ball dur­ing a team train­ing ses­sion with the In­domitable Lions of Cameroon

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