By Onochie Anibeze
The Presidential Task Force has endorsed the choice of Lars Lagerback as the coach of the Eagles to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Governor Rotimi Amaechi who is head of the PTF announced their decision in a joint meeting they held with the Nigeria Football Federation Tuesday night.
The PTF also approved $1.3m dollars as salary of the coach for five months and not $2m as earlier reported in the media.Â That comes to about N39m a month or about N195m for the five months contract that the new coach will sign today.
But a member of the Task Force revealed that the money is also to take care of the remuneration of Lagerbackâ€™s assistants. The former Sweden coach will be in Nigeria with one fitness trainer, a trainer and possibly a physiotherapist or goalkeeperâ€™s trainer.
He has taken responsibility of paying the foreign assistants that he would bring. The two Nigerian coaches who will work with the team will be paid by the NFF.
â€œThe governor ratified and accepted the recommendations of the Technical Committee of the federation and the interview panel. The coach was brilliant in the interview and he showed that he is the kind of coach Nigeria needs. The governor explained everything to us and the NFF and PTF accepted the work Ogunjobi and his team didâ€, the highly placed PTF member said.
The member also argued that the $1.3m was reasonable â€œfor a coach of Lagerbackâ€™s standing for five months.â€ He said that Glen Hoddle, the former England manager who was earlier favoured asked for $2.5m dollars.|
Ogunjobi confirmed what the PTF member said and added the following: â€œThe governor commended my committee for a job well done and gave his blessings to Lagerback and his assistants. He said that the sports minister should approach the ministry of finance for Lagerbackâ€™s salary so that we can start prosecuting our World Cup programmes.â€
Lagerback will be unveiled today in Abuja.