Nigeria defers naming national team coach


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Nigeria defers naming national team coach

Nigerian football authorities have delayed the appointment of a new national coach for at least a month, during which the Super Eagles will be supervised by the head of technical department of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), James Peters. The decision was announced in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, Thursday following an emergency meeting of the NFA board Four indigenous coaches had been shortlisted to replace German Berti Vogts, who resigned his US$50,000-a-month job last week to stave off a disgracing sack, following the Eagles poor showing at the last Nations Cup in Ghana. “The Technical Committee’s report is not ready and James Peters, Assistant Secretary General (Technical) in the NFA will, in the interim, oversee matters of the national senior team,” NFA’s technical committee chairman Taiwo Ogunjobi said in a communique after the meeting. The four shortlisted coaches are former national team skipper Stephen Keshi, former national coach Shuaibu Amodu, former national team captain Sunday Oliseh and the current Under-23 national team handler, Samson Siasia. Meanwhile, the NFA board has appointed former coach of Enyimba football club of Nigeria’s South-eastern Abia state, Alphonsus Dike, head coach of the country’s Under-17 team. He will be assisted by Manu Garba and Yisa Sofoluwe. Also, Isa Ladan Bosso was retained as coach of the national Under-20 team.

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