The word round town yesterday was that the search was finally over over and the technical team of the Nigerian Football Federation had appointed Frenchman, Paul Le Guen, as the Nigerian Super Eagle’s handler.
A brief look into Le Guen’s past achievements; the 52 year old Frenchman has played for and coached quite a number of teams, he has also won 17 cups for France. In addition, he was able to drive Cameroon to the 2010 Fifa World Cup staged in South Africa. He has also handled the Oman national team.
‘Don’t worry Naij, I’ve got you…psych!’
However, a recent report has claimed that Le Guen had actually turned down the offer by the NFF. A major issue with the agreement is that Le Guen wanted to operate from France while the NFF wanted him to stay permanently in Nigeria. It’s unclear whether this was the only reason for his rejection or not.
After the frenchman’s rejection, Mallam Abba Yola, a former director with the National Sports Commission and Ciroman Yola was furious as to why the NFF would go ahead to announce Le Guen as head coach when all terms and conditions wasn’t concluded with him yet.
Following the other issues raised by the former director, he is now asking the technical committee to resign honourably or be disbanded without further delay. So now, it looks like the NFF has no Frenchman and no technical team. Whoops.
What’s going to happen next remains up in the air but we’ll be sure to keep you posted as the events unfold.
Written by Kike Olowu