The move to hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles may have suffered a setback as the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, is not on the same page with the recommendations of its Technical Committee.
Reports suggested that some members of the board wanted Serbian Goran Stefanovic while the committee members had gotten carried away by Frenchman Paul Le Guen’s proposal.
Members of the Technical committee 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 instil in the senior national team.
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But the Frenchman’s wage demand is standing against him as he is not ready to accept NFF’s $30,000 salary.
Stefanovic is the preferred choice of president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, who is keen on the Serb’s abilities due to his wealth of experience especially in Africa and affordability as against the other coaches who will certainly demand more in terms of salary.
However, members of the Technical Committee of the NFF are convinced that Le Guen is the most qualified candidate 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.
Nevertheless, the committee is believed to be hell-bent on recommending the tactician ahead of other competitors and leave the decision to hire him for the NFF board to take.
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