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NFF may settle for Siasia, foreign coach doubtful

Sweden must fall, Siasia warns U-23 Eagles

There are strong indications that the Nigeria Football Federation might settle for U-23 Eagles coach, Samson Siasia as the substantive coach of the Super Eagles.

Siasia took temporary charge of the Eagles for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers against Egypt in March after Sunday Oliseh quit the post in February.

Former Kano Pillars and Enyimba coach Salisu Yusuf will be in interim charge for two friendlies against Mali on May 27 and Luxembourg on June 1.

The NFF have disclosed a new Eagles coach will be named next month after shortlisted candidates are to be interviewed.

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But Ripples Nigeria scooped that one of the NFF sponsors who promised to foot the bill for the hiring of a foreign coach, is considering pulling out following the incessant leadership tussle in the NFF.

The NFF leadership under Amaju Pinnick last month met with the Sport Minister, Solomon Dalung, who advised the board to embrace a local coach unless the board is ready to fund the expatriate’s salaries.

It was further gathered that the private firm had earmarked a salary of $100,000 monthly for the head coach for two years but the current impasse in the NFF has affected the earlier move.

Meanwhile, some members of the NFF board are skeptical of the ability of Siasia following his inability to qualify Nigeria to two AFCON tournaments in 2012 and 2016.

They believe the Super Eagles job might be a distraction to Nigeria’s quest of winning the 2016 Olympics football gold in Rio, Brazil.

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