NFF turns to Yusuf as Le Guen re­jects Nige­ria post

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee & Joshua Odeyemi

Newly ap­pointed Su­per Ea­gles chief coach Sal­isu Yusuf could well be an op­tion to lead Nige­ria to 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign af­ter French­man Paul Le Guen, who was ap­pointed on Mon­day has re­jected the post.

The for­mer Cameroon and Lyon coach has said he will not be tak­ing the Nige­ria job af­ter the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) failed to meet up some of his con­trac­tual terms, ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports from France.

But an NFF of­fi­cial, who re­vealed con­trac­tual dis­putes to AfricanFoot­ said Yusuf could well be a fall­back plan should Le Guen turn down the chance to lead Nige­ria.

“Sal­isu Yusuf was al­ways op­tion B,” he said.

“We just have to wait and see if that could well be the case now that Le Guen has re­jected our of­fer.”

Ac­cord­ing to French sports news­pa­per L’Equipe, Le Guen has re­jected the Nige­ria post.

He de­clined the po­si­tion af­ter sev­eral con­di­tions he tabled were not met, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

Ear­lier to­day, AfricanFoot­ ex­clu­sively re­vealed “con­trac­tual dis­putes” be­tween Le Guen and his prospec­tive em­ploy­ers, adding that the for­mer Cameroon and Lyon coach was adamant he will not shift from his po­si­tion on sev­eral of the contending is­sues on his con­tract.

It was un­der­stood that, among his con­di­tions, was he com­ing down with a sup­port staff that in­cluded an as­sis­tant and a goalkeeper trainer.

Nige­ria have been with­out a per­ma­nent coach since Fe­bru­ary, when Sun­day Oliseh walked out on the Su­per Ea­gles af­ter claim­ing his con­tract has been sev­er­ally breached.

The three-time African cham­pi­ons are drawn in a tough 2018 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group that has Al­ge­ria, Cameroon and Zam­bia.

Con­firm­ing the re­port, the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the NFF said the French­man ob­jected to be­ing given a tar­get and also did not wish to live in Nige­ria.

“In truth, the Tech­ni­cal and De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee pe­rused the pro­files of all the coaches who sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tions and find Mr. Paul Le Guen suit­able for the post. But dur­ing fi­nal ne­goa­t­i­a­tions, he ob­jected to be­ing given a tar­get and also did not wish to live in Nige­ria, which was a sore point with the Board.”

Paul Le Guen

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