Chris Green, the NFF Technical and Development Committee chairman, has given firm assurances that they would make sure that all the issues around naming a new manager for the Super Eagles were sorted unfailingly by next month.
The Super Eagles have been without a substantive coach since Sunday Oliseh resigned and according to Green a lot of applications have been received for the vacant post.
“We have submitted our recommendation to the NFF executive board members after receiving a lot of applications from coaches who have shown interest in the job,” Green revealed.
At the moment, Salisu Yusuf has been in charge of the Eagles in interim capacity with the duo of Rangers coach, Imama Amapakabo, and Abia Warriors manager, Kennedy Boboye, assisting.
Super Eagles are in a tough group for Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers together with Zambia’s Chipolopolo, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and Algeria’s Desert Foxes.
Meanwhile, while the federal government might have foreclosed the hope of hiring a foreign coach, the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation is at only at cross purposes on who to appoint, but bent on hiring a foreigner.
This is because Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, favours the appointment of Serbian’s Goran Stefanovic, while the Technical Committee headed by Chris Green wants Frenchman, Paul Le Guen.
Pinnick is keen on the Serb’s abilities due to his wealth of experience especially in Africa and affordability in comparison to other coaches who will demand higher wages.
However members of the Technical Committee are convinced that Le Guen is the most qualified for the job based on his pedigree and heroics with Cameroun in the run up to the 2010 World Cup where he qualified them from an almost impossible situation after taking over the job midway through the qualifiers.
The committee members believe that Le Guen has the pedigree that will naturally command respect from players of the Super Eagles which will help bring the much needed sanity and discipline the football house is trying to instill in the senior national team.