The Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Monday named Frenchman Paul Le Guen, 52, as the new Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles.
Le Guen’s confirmation was perhaps expected as Nigerians were not held in suspense over who the choice of the Federation
was from the shortlisted trio of Salisu Yusuf, Tom Saintfiet (who has accepted the job offer to coach Bangladesh) and Le
The new Eagles boss will be assisted by Nigerian Salisu Yusuf, who takes the role of Chief Coach. The appointments are
subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee it was revealed.
Le Guen was in charge of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals though his contract was for
only five months. Cameroon was also the first team to crash out of the World Cup first held in Africa. He played for
Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Germain and won 17 caps for France, before coaching Rennes, Lyon, PSG (in France) and
Glasgow Rangers (in Scotland). He also coached Oman.
Yusuf, capped at U-20 level by Nigeria, called the shots in interim capacity for two international friendly matches in
Europe at the end of May, which the Eagles won.
Spokesman of the Committee, Paul Bassey, told thenff.com after the meeting at the NFF secretariat on Monday that Enugu
Rangers coach Imama Amapakabo and former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and skipper Alloy Agu, who served as assistant coach
and goalkeeper trainer for the games against Mali and Luxembourg in May, retain their places in the technical crew.
The new crew’s immediate challenge is a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in the first week of
September – a dead rubber, but which would serve as ample preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match away
to Zambia on October 3.
The Committee has also recommended to the NFF Board, the appointment of one –time Super Eagles’ assistant coach Bitrus
Bewarang as the new NFF Technical Director. Bewarang, who is president of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, will
replace the late Coach Shaibu Amodu.
There is also a recommendation that former Super Eagles’ defender Nduka Ugbade be restored to the U17 National Team as
assistant to Coach Manu Garba.