NFF Names Paul Le Guen As New Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser

Paul Le Guen, NFF, Super Eagles, Technical AdviserThe Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation on Monday named Frenchman Paul Le Guen, as the new Technical Adviser of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles.

He 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.

Spokesman of the Committee, Paul Bassey, told after the meeting at the NFF secretariat on Monday that Enugu Rangers gaffer 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 52-year-old new Eagles’ boss steered the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

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 U20 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.

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.

National League: Gov. Jang Urges Organisers To Be Fair And Firm

The Plateau State Governor, Jonah Jang has appealed to the organisers of the Nigerian National League to be fair to all clubs participating in the league by giving equal chances to all teams without favour.

This, according to him, would encourage sponsors to continue sponsoring teams and add value to the game.

Governor Jang made the appeal while presenting buses to Plateau United and Mighty Jets football clubs in Jos. The Governor observed that the controversy that trailed last season’s soccer season should be avoided in the ongoing soccer season.

As the 2013/2014 National League season commenced last weekend, the Plateau State Government redeemed its pledge of providing adequate transportation to teams representing the state in the National Division One League.

A Toyota 32 seater bus was donated to Plateau United FC and Mighty Jets FC respectively by the State Government, to facilitate the teams’ movement in honouring away matches and movements to training venues.

The Governor expressed disappointment that Plateau United missed promotion by whiskers during the 2012/2013 season, and he appealed to the league body to avoid a repetition of the controversial circumstances that trailed last season league competition.

Plateau United General Manager, Bitrus Bewarang, and the Chairman of Mighty Jets, Godfrey Hamza, both expressed gratitude to the government for the kind gesture as they looked forward to a rewarding and fulfilling season.

Former Super Falcons Coach, Ismaila Mabo was also at the ceremony.