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.

NFF Executive Committee Dismisses President, Aminu Maigari

maigari-aminuThe Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation have dismissed the President of the Federation, Aminu Maigari.

Maigari was dismissed on grounds of financial misappropriation, misapplication and maladministration.

1st Vice President, Mike Umeh, takes over as Acting President till the NFF Executive Committee election of August 26, 2014.

This comes barely a week after world football governing body, FIFA, lifted the ban it placed on Nigerian Football on grounds of Government interference.

A Plateau court had on July 2, sacked Mr Maigari after hearing a suit filed by Mrs Ebiakpo Rumson Baribote, the Chairman of Nembe City FC, who requested the court to restrain Aminu Maigari and all the committee and congress of the Nigeria Football Federation from managing the affairs of football matters in Nigeria.

Hon. Justice P. L Lot of the Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos granted the Order of Interlocutory Injunction restraining the President of the NFF, the Executive Committee members, as well as the NFF Congress from running affairs of Nigerian football pending the determination of the Motion on Notice before the court.

FIFA had, in reaction to this, suspended Nigeria from football activities, for what the World Football governing body termed as government’s interference in the affairs of the NFF. The suit was later withdrawn in order to make FIFA withdraw the sanction.

Keshi Will Pick His Players – NFF

The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has assured football followers that Coach Stephen Keshi will be independent in selecting players for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.keshi_coaching

Different reports emanating from Abuja says the non-inclusion of experienced players in the 38-man provisional list submitted by Coach Stephen Keshi to the Nigeria Football Federation last week is the reason behind the delay in its announcement.

President of the NFF, Aminu Maigari says they are responsible for the selection of players for the national coaches on any international competition.

“We don’t impose players on coaches but we advise where it is necessary. The coaches are free to select their players because we don’t apply pressure on them. We give them free hand to select the best players for Nigeria.”

As the waiting game continues, a member of the Technical Committee, Paul Bassey is confident that the list will be out before FIFA’s deadline date.

“We looked at the media, most especially the confusing list published, and we are using this opportunity to plead with the media to wait for the authentic list of the players to be released by the Football Federation before it is published.”

Bassey stated, “We have decided to shelve the release of the list to coach Keshi for more consultations. First of all we are not in a hurry to release the list.

May 10, is the deadline date for countries to submit their world cup list to FIFA.