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Technical Adviser: Who gets the nod?

By Patrick Omorodion
It is 110 days to the kick-off of the 2010 World Cup today, the first on African soil in South Africa and Nigerians don’t know their team nor who will tinker the players for the duration of the event, at least to better the second round efforts at the 1994 and 1998 editions.

For over three weeks, those saddled with the management of the game have been more or else, concerned with their comeback bid than the preparation of the team ahead of the Mundial as there has been denials upon denials on the names of foreign coaches being thrown up as possible candidates to replace demoted Shaibu Amodu.

From Louis van Gaal, Giovanni Trappatoni and Guus Hiddink, the football association has been ridiculed as all three men have either said they were never contacted by Nigeria or dissociated themselves from the whole drama.

Even after the Egyptian FA initially said it would not release Hassan Shehata for the Eagles, it later said it was ready to allow the Africa Nations Cup hero handle the Super Eagles if the NFA approaches it. It was however, not clear if this has been done as at press time Thursday.

Even English man, Peter Taylor was reported to have settled for a lower division side in the English league, leaving the NFA with Ratomir Djukovic and Bruno Metsu, former coaches of Ghana and Senegal respectively.

The comic level of the NFA’s search for a foreign coach increases by the day. The latest inclusion as at Thursday was former Sweden coach, Lars Lagerback, who along with Djukovic and Metsu, is expected to meet with a delegation of the NFA this weeknd in London to discuss the possibility of taking over Amodu’s job.

Just as the list of coaches being touted for the Eagles job increases, so is the venue of their interview which has continuously changed from Abuja to London and now Abuja again as Nigerians are told that the visit of Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi and others to England during the week was just a part of the interview process.

Kickoffnigeria.com reported that “A shortlist of three (of the coaches) is expected to be made ahead of a final selection interview in Abuja on February 26, with the new coach to be named on February 28.”


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