Nigeria have appointed Frenchman Paul Le Guen to lead the country’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, where they are drawn in a...
Nigeria have appointed Frenchman Paul Le Guen to lead the country’s qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup, where they are drawn in a difficult group along with Africa’s top team Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia.
Former Cameroon coach Le Guen was considered ahead of the Belgian Tom Sainfiet and Salisu Yusuf, who has been the country’s caretaker coach since May.
Frenchman Paul Le Guen has been recommended as @NGSuperEagles Coach by NFF Technical Cttee. 1/2— The NFF (@thenff) July 18, 2016
Le Guen is to be Technical Adviser as recommended while Salisu Yusuf will be Chief Coach. 2/3— The NFF (@thenff) July 18, 2016
Also The Technical Committee has recommended former @NGSuperEagles Assistant Coach Bitrus Bewarang as National Technical Director— The NFF (@thenff) July 18, 2016
Coach Nduka Ugbade returns to the National U17 as assistant to Coach Manu Garba— The NFF (@thenff) July 18, 2016
Coach Imama Amapakabo and GK Trainer Alloy Agu will work with them 3/3— The NFF (@thenff) July 18, 2016
“Paul Le Guen has been appointed Nigeria new coach and he will be assisted by Yusuf and Imma Amakapabo of Enugu Rangers,” announced NFF technical committee member Paul Bassey.
The Frenchman qualified Cameroon to the 2010 World Cup and has handled top French clubs Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, Rangers of Scotland with his last job being with Oman, who fired him in November 2015 after a rather difficult start to the qualifying tournament for the 2018 World Cup.
The 52-year-old Le Guen has for several months been linked with the top Nigeria post after Sunday Oliseh walked out on the Super Eagles in February following what the former Nigeria skipper claimed were several breaches to his contract and it included the non-payment of his salaries for several months.
Broke Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have assured of the regular payment of the new coach’s salary believed to be about $50,000 a month as it will be covered by a company after the government said it will not bankroll it.
The immediate task for Le Guen, who led Lyon to three French league championships between 2002 and 2005, is to qualify the Super Eagles to a sixth World Cup with the qualifiers beginning in October with a tricky visit to Zambia.
The coach takes over a team short on confidence and public support after in March they failed to qualify for a second straight Africa Cup of Nations.