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Okpalla to take over Olympic team

Former Super Eagles assistant coach, Sylvanus Okpalla who won the African Cup of Nations alongside late Stephen Keshi in 2013 in South Africa has been lined up to take over the U-23 Olympic team.

Sports Vanguard scooped from very authoritative sources that the Nigeria Football Federation has concluded plans to recall the former Rangers and Green Eagles player to tinker the team.

The Olympic team which won bronze at the Rio Olympics, which turned out to be the only medal won by Nigeria was coached by Samson Siasia whose contract expired at the end of the Olympics.

‘’We’re going to announce Okpalla as the coach of the Olympic team. He is one of the best coaches in Nigeria’’, our source said.


Okpalla known in football circles as ‘Quicksilver’ fell out with football authorities after the Nations Cup victory in 2013 and was eased out of the coaching crew led by late Keshi.

The former Rangers player, however, took his case to the Court of Arbitration in Sports, CAS, after repeatedly asking that his backlog of salaries, allowances and bonuses be paid.

He won the case and CAS instructed the NFF to pay him a huge sum that ran into millions of Naira. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick said at one time that the football house had started to respect the CAS ruling by paying Okpalla in bits because of the paucity of funds at their disposal.

Reacting yesterday, Okpalla said that he was willing to serve Nigeria to the best of his abilities.

‘’You are the one telling me, nobody has contacted me. It is good news. I’m ready to serve to the best of my ability and there will be success’’, he added.


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