19 July 2016
The Technical Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday recommended Frenchman Paul Le Guen to the federation’s Executive Committee as the new Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser.
Paul Bassey, a member of the committee, told newsmen after their meeting in Abuja that the committee also recommended Salisu Yusuf, the team’s interim coach, as Le Guen’s assistant.
“We also recommended Yusuf’ and Rangers International FC’s coach Imama Amapakabo as assistants, and Alloy Agu as the team’s goalkeeper trainer,’’ he said.
Bassey noted, however, that the recommendations were subject to ratification by the Executive Committee of the NFF.
“About a week ago, this committee met and shortlisted three coaches for the post of the Technical Adviser for the Super Eagles.
“Today, we have made a recommendation to the board that Paul Le Guen be appointed the Technical Adviser.
“We have also made other recommendations, that Salisu Yusuf and Imama Amapakabo be the assistants to Le Guen, while Alloy Agu should serve as goalkeeper trainer.
“We have also recommended that Bitrus Bewarang be appointed the National Technical Director (NTD) and Nduka Ugbade be returned to the Golden Eaglets as assistant to Manu Garba.
“Baring agreement on contract terms, emoluments, allowances and entitlements, Le Guen becomes the Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles,” BAssey said.
Frenchman Le Guen, 52, played for Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and won 17 caps for France, before coaching Rennes, Lyon, PSG (in France) and Glasgow Rangers (in Scotland).
He led the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and also coached Oman.
On Friday, July 8, the committee said it had shortlisted three coaches for consideration and listed the candidates to be Super Eagles’ caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf, former Ethiopia coach Tom Saintfiet, and Frenchman Paul Le Guen, who once coached Cameroon.
It said the three were shortlisted from a list of 20 applicants which included those of Giovanni Solinas, Saintfiet, Hey Antoine, Mark Wotte, Yusuf, Ernesto Paulo Calvinho, Dorian Marin, and Le Guen.
Others, it said, were Miodrag Jesic, Perry Hansen, Ove Pedersen, Adebayo Lateef Kola, Sylvanus Okpala and Peter Ijeh.
The rest were Vladimir Petrovic-Pizon, Lodewijk de Kruif, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, Bjorn Frank Peters and Ricki Herbert.