By Ben Efe
Eagles’ manager, Lars Lagerback is staying away from his duty post, because of the controversy rocking the Nigeria Football Association in the aftermath of the 2010 World Cup.

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Lagerback whose six months contract expires this month, returned to Sweden after the Eagles crashed out of the World Cup.

He took a two-week break, which has since elapsed and he has not opened negotiation for a new contract with the NFF. His agent Michael Short, disclosed in a radio interview yesterday that his client did not return to Nigeria to open talks because of the development at the NFA.

The situation came to a head on Monday with the sacking of Secretary-general, Bolaji Ojo-Oba and spokesman Demola Olajire. Other top officials like Sani Lulu, Amanze Uchebagulam and Taiwo Ogunjobi were earlier swept away in the gale of changes that hit the football house..

The Economic and Financial Crime Commission is currently probing the accounts of the NFA. It may also extend its searchlight to the World Cup contract papers of coach Lagerback. His appointment last March sparked off controversy, after it was alleged by one of the candidates for the job, Glenn Hoddle that officials of the NFA demanded for a kick back.

Mr. Short disclosed that Lagerback will return to Nigeria when a new board is put in place. Adding that the Swede who is yet to submit his World Cup report is keen to work with the Eagles, only that he is “disturbed” by the rancor at the NFA.


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