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Who leads Nigeria to the World Cup?

By Jacob Ajom
Nigerians are waiting with baited breath. The football fraternity can’t wait to know who the new national team coach is. The wise men who for the past two weeks have been preoccupied with the task of getting the best coach for Nigeria ahead of 2010 World Cup will announce the name of the new coach today in Abuja.

Five top European coaches have been interviewed. First to face the interview panel was former Senegal manager, Bruno Metsu, who flew into Abuja on Monday and have since left the country after completing his mission.

Metsu was followed by former Ghana manager, Ratomir Djukovic, who took Ghana to her first World Cup and had an impressive second round outing at the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup.

Other coaches include former England international and one time manager, Glenn Hoddle, Sven Goran Eriksson who was also manager of England until the coming of Fabio Capello and former Sweden manager, Lars Lagerback.

The interview panel which comprises of NFF technical committee members, representatives of the Presidential Task Force and the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Patrick Ekeji, is expected to announce a new coach for the national team today (Friday).

There have been a lot of apprehension among top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation, the National Sports Commission and the Presidential Task Force on Nigeria’s 2010 World Cup campaign. The bone of contention now is who will assist the technical adviser when he is eventually announced?


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