The NFF announced Le Guen as Super Eagles’ technical adviser on Monday, but the Frenchman swiftly rejected the position, saying he did not agree with the federation on the terms of engagement.
However, there were reports in the French media yesterday that Le Guen was re considering the offer, adding that there could still be a window for the sides to renegotiate and perhaps come to an agreeable term. But it seems the NFF has decided to move on from the Le Guen saga.
The federation has, therefore, instructed its technical committee to submit the name of a fresh candidate for the position within the next seven days.
The NFF began a meeting in Abuja yesterday to analyse the unfortunate turn of events and look for ways to ensure the country got a coach on time for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
A member of the NFF, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian yesterday that the federation has resolved to meet with whoever applies for the job either in Nigeria or in Europe to avoid a repeat of the Le Guen embarrassment.
The NFF yesterday affirmed in a communiqué issued after its meeting in Abuja that any coach interested in the Super Eagles’ job must accept the conditions stipulated by the federation.
It noted that Le Guen’s refusal to accept to be given targets as well as unwillingness to live in Nigeria made his candidature unacceptable to the board, adding that the Frenchman’s desire to come to the job with two assistants would make Nigerian coaches redundant.
The Committee further resolved that any candidate that would be so recommended by the Technical and Development Sub –Committee must have accepted to be handed targets and must also be willing to live in Nigeria. In addition, such a candidate must agree to undergo other internal evaluation.
Meanwhile, the NFF has approved the appointment of Salisu Yusuf as the Super Eagles’ chief coach in line with the recommendations of the technical committee.
It has also approved the appointment of Enugu Rangers’ Imama Amakapabo as Yusuf’s Assistant, while Alloy Agu will serve as Goalkeepers’ Trainer.