NFF con­firms Le Guen as Eagles’ Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Orkula Shaagee


he Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion yes­ter­day named French­man Paul Le Guen, 52, as the new Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser of the Se­nior Na­tional Team, Su­per Eagles.

He will be as­sisted by the for­mer in­terim coach, Nige­ria’s Sal­isu Yusuf, who takes the role of Chief Coach.

The an­nounce­ment con­firms Daily Trust’s yes­ter­day story that the French­man would be named by the Fed­er­a­tion as the Su­per Eagles new helms­man.

How­ever, the appointments are sub­ject to agree­ment of con­tract terms with the NFF Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

New Eagles’ boss Le Guen steered the In­domitable Lions of Cameroon to the 2010 FIFA World Cup fi­nals. He 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 also coached Oman.

Yusuf, capped at U-20 level by Nige­ria, called the shots in in­terim ca­pac­ity for two in­ter­na­tional friendly matches in Europe at the end of May, which the Eagles won.

Spokesman of the Com­mit­tee, Paul Bassey, said af­ter the meet­ing at the NFF sec­re­tar­iat yes­ter­day that Enugu Rangers gaffer Imama Ama­pak­abo and for­mer Su­per Eagles’ goal­keeper and skip­per Al­loy Agu, who served as as­sis­tant coach and goal­keeper trainer for the games against Mali and Lux­em­bourg in May, re­tain their places in the tech­ni­cal crew.

The new crew’s im­me­di­ate chal­lenge is a 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fier against Tan­za­nia in the first week of Septem­ber - a dead rub­ber, but which would serve as am­ple prepa­ra­tion for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match away to Zam­bia on Oc­to­ber 3.

The Com­mit­tee has also rec­om­mended to the NFF Board, the ap­point­ment of one-time Su­per Eagles’ as­sis­tant coach Bitrus Be­warang as the new NFF Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor. Be­warang, who is pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion, will re­place the late Coach Shaibu Amodu.

There is also a rec­om­men­da­tion that for­mer Su­per Eagles’ de­fender Nduka Ug­bade be re­stored to the U-17 Na­tional Team as as­sis­tant to Coach Manu Garba.

New Su­per Eagles Tech­ni­cal Ad­viser, Paul Le Guen

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