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May 3, 2016

Foreign coach: Sponsor ‘develops cold feet’

Foreign coach: Sponsor ‘develops cold feet’

Westerhof, Le Roy and Paul

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, may be forced to settle for a local coach for the Super Eagles next month after a proposed company to foot the bills of an expatriate handler “developed cold feet”.

Westerhof, Le Roy and Paul

Westerhof, Le Roy and Paul

It was gathered that the recent leadership tussle in Nigerian football may have thrown the oil company off doling out close to $2 million spread over two years for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to hire a top-rated foreign coach.

“The oil company was ready to give the NFF close to $100,000 a month to take care of a top foreign coach and his assistants, but since the latest round of instability  in the Nigerian football polity, the company has developed cold feet,” a top source informed only AfricanFootball.com

“The NFF on their own do not have the cash to pay for such a coach and the government through the sports minister has made it very clear it will not pay for a foreign coach.

“That could well have informed the NFF recent announcement that the vacant Super Eagles top post will be taken up by the best candidate whether he is local or foreign.”

Sunday Oliseh quit the post in February for Samson Siasia to take temporary charge of the Eagles for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers against Egypt in March.

Former Kano Pillars and Enyimba coach Salisu Yusuf will be in interim charge for two friendlies against Mali on May 27 and Luxembourg on June 1.

The NFF have disclosed  a new Eagles coach will be named next month after shortlisted candidates are be interviewed.