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PTF probes Lagerback’s employment

By Tony Ubani
THERE are indications that the Presidential Task Force, PTF, will wash its hands off the appointment and payment of salary of new Technical Adviser, Lars Lagerback, who was unveiled in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, yesterday.

BEHOLD EAGLES NEW COACH ••• Director-General of the National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji (L), new Eagles manager, Lars Lagerback (C) and Sani Lulu of the Nigeria Football Association, raise their hands, during the presentation of the 61-year-old Swede coach in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

The Swede brushed aside stiff oppositions from former English Manager, Glenn Hoddle, and Bruno Metsu to bag a five-month job that would see him guide Nigeria’s Eagles to the World Cup in South Africa. The Nigeria Football Association agreed to pay the Swede N39 million monthly bringing his total to N195 million for the five months.

The PTF headed by Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi would cough out the money for the expatriate coach.
Sports Vanguard learnt from dependable sources yesterday that the PTF was not at ease with the process that led to the employment of the coach and has therefore set in motion to have another look at how the coach was employed. “It is normal for the PTF to make assurance doubly sure on the coach because they are the ones that will pay that money”, our source said.

To this end, we gathered that the PTF has appointed two of  its members, ex-internationals Segun Odegbami and John Fashanu to look through the books to determine whether indeed Lagerback merited his appointment as Nigeria’s Technical Adviser.

But during the unveiling ceremony yesterday, NFA Chairman, Sani Lulu Abdullahi, praised Lagerback to high heavens, describing him as the “Special One” who met all the requirements that the country was looking for.


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