Wednesday 20 July 2016

Nigeria Football Federation denies appointing Paul Le Guen

Nigeria Football Federation
The executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied “appointing” Paul Le Guen as technical adviser of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Instead, it said it only “recommended” the Frenchman to the board of the federation.

The federation initially short-listed three applicants for the job; and on Monday, its executive committee named Le Guen as its choice.

Paul Bassey, spokesman of the technical and development committee of the NFF, had said Le Guen would be assisted by Salisu Yusuf, who takes the role of chief coach.

The appointments, he added, were subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF executive committee.

He also said Imama Amapakabo of Enugu Rangers and Alloy Agu, who served as assistant coach and goalkeeper trainer for the games against Mali and Luxembourg in May, retained their places in the technical crew.

But after it emerged that Le Guen is negatively disposed to accepting the job, given some of the terms — such as living in Nigeria and having the target of qualifying to the World Cup — the federation issued an official reaction.
“The Executive Committee of Nigeria Football Federation clarifies the situation with regards to the recommendation of its Technical and Development Committee that Frenchman Paul Le Guen be named the new Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles; all sub-committees in the Federation can only make recommendations to the Board,” read the statement, signed by Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, chairman of the NFF media and publicity committee.
“The press statement was clear, to the effect that all appointments made at the Technical and Development Committee meeting were mere recommendations, which had to be deliberated upon and agreed to by the Board. No sub-committee in the NFF, except the judicial bodies, takes decisions. They only make recommendations.
“In truth, the Technical and Development Committee perused the profiles of all the coaches who submitted applications and find Mr. Paul Le Guen suitable for the post. But during final negotiations, he objected to being given a target and also did not wish to live in Nigeria, which was a sore point with the Board.”
Yahaya-Kwande added: “The job of Head Coach of Nigeria is a very big one and there is no way anyone will get such a job without being handed a target. There is absolutely no issue with Le Guen saying he is not coming; several highly-qualified persons would be happy to be named Manager of the Senior National Team of Nigeria. We have a plan to take care of that eventuality.”

Credit: The Cable

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