NFF president Sani Lulu Abdullahi, said that new coach Lars Lagerback is Nigeriaâ€™s â€˜Special Oneâ€™ who met all the criteria the country was looking for in their search for a new Technical Adviser.
â€œFollowing our performance at the African Nations Cup, Nigerians clamoured for a change in the technical crew of our team.
â€œAnd so we set about on a search for a Special One. That special one is Lars Lagerback, a man who has the bearing, intelligence and tactical knowledge to lead our team to great heights at the World Cup.â€
Lulu was quick to add that the appointment of an expatriate coach was not an indication that the NFF have lost faith in indigenous coaches, â€œThis does not mean the NFF has lost faith in the Nigerian coach. We have not,â€ he said.
â€œAs we have been doing before, we will continue to encourage them to improve themselves.
â€œWe believe that one day; a Nigerian coach will be good enough to lead a Nigerian team to win the World Cup.â€