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Saintfiet ‘shocked’ over speculations

Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet has said he is “shocked and disappointed” that an agreement to be Nigeria’s technical director could be revoked.

“Yes, I got the information through the media (that the country’s sports minister wants his contract cancelled) but nobody contacted me, I didn’t get any information, I’m shocked and I’m surprised because I’ve got an agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation,” Saintfiet told MTNFootball.com in an interview Wednesday.

“I applied seven months ago and I’ve started planning the structure that I will use to work. I want to come and bring Super Eagles back to when they were fifth best in the world.

“I want to work withNigeria. It hurts me, I’m disappointed. They selected me based on my previous experience withNamibia,ZimbabweandEthiopia.”

He added: “Politics is involved, I mean political interference.”However, a senior official told MTNFootball.com that the NFF are yet to sign any agreement with the former Ethiopiaand Namibiacoach even though they recently announced he has been given a four-year contract as national technical director.

The Belgian refused to be categorical about his next line of action.
“Well I don’t want to say anything for now. My advisers and my lawyer together with me will decide,” he maintained.

“I’ve got offers from other places but I chose Nigeria not because of the cash, but from my heart.

“I want to work with the local coaches, with footballers and with Nigerians, so I’m surprised and disappointed.”

 


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