New Eagles coach to resume at AFCON, says Pinnick

The new Super Eagles manager  to be hired by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)  would most likely supervise the  national team at next month’s  Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)  if a deal  can be struck  immediately  between both parties .

This much was disclosed yesterday by NFF President Amaju Pinnick during a parley organised by the Guild of Sports Editors in Lagos, adding the new manager can take over from Super Eagles caretaker coach Augustine Eguavoen amid speculations that one of Jose Mourinho’s protégées, Portuguese Jose Morais, is favourite for the job.

“I can’t be categorical about who would be the new Super Eagles manager,” Pinnick said. “Of course, we have spoken to three top coaches and it included some of those names already being speculated.

“You know that Nigeria is a country where any top coach can make an immediate impact and based on that there is no top coach that

“We’ve discussed with Jose Peresiro, Jose Morais and Mladen Krstajić who has gone to Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv but we have our internal due process as far as head hunting a coach for the Super Eagles and we are working in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.”

Pinnick  said  the choice  of  would-be Super Eagles manager  will be hinged on  the antecedent  of the  coach as far as   discipline is concerned; his hunger for winning trophies and the person must ready to make Nigeria his home.

Pressed on the likely resumption of the new manager, Pinnick said there was no time to rigmarole hence the fellow would assume immediately.

“What else would we be waiting for when the technical committee has submitted their report?” Pinnick asked rhetorically. “Once the board approved their choice, what would  the new coach be observing if we are able to sign a contract before the AFCON?

“ He is coming to work  and I was so impressed when I spoke  with one of  the coaches last night (Tuesday)  as he shared  the strengths and  weaknesses  of all our players; so we are not  going to experiment.

“ Why can’t we  win the AFCON ? We have a collection of the best young players . Of course , Eguavoen can do it but we also need somebody who can do it better .

“ We also need input from the outside  but in case we can’t finalise a contract , we shall build  capacity around the  team to Cameroon  but  I won’t tell you that if we had the contract signed  and sealed, the new coach won’t lead the Super Eagles to AFCON,” Pinnick noted.

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