A highly placed NFF official had disclosed to the Vanguard that a window of discussion with the former Nantes and Paris St Germain defender is open and barring any unforeseen circumstance, he will be named chief coach of the Super Eagles.
As Russia 2018 draws and Nigeria grouped with Africa’s football power houses like Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia, it was learnt that the NFF leadership weighed all the options available from the coaches that applied for the job vacated by ex international, Sunday Oliseh, and may be going for the former Olympique Lyon and Cameroun coach.
NFF vice president Shehu Dikko had earlier said that a coach will be named for the national senior team within two weeks.
“The target (to hire a coach) of the technical committee and the NFF is two weeks so we can get down to preparations. It is better now that we know the draws and the countries we will play, so we can decide the kind of coach we need to get the right results.”
Another top NFF official also said Le Guen appears to have a first hand knowledge of almost all top Nigerian professional players in Europe and has the capacity to turn around Nigeria football. He said:
“He knows our players very well and how to use them. In our meeting with him earlier, Paul (Le Guen) demonstrated to us his capacity to turn around our football. We are also looking at reaping from his knowledge of both Cameroun where he coached the Indomitable Lions and Algeria who are desperate to have him,”
Le Guen, who made 17 appearances for France, was relieved of his duty by Oman in November 2015 and is available. The 52-year-old rescued Cameroon’s World Cup 2010 after the Indomitable Lions faced the danger of not appearing at South Africa 2010 tournament.
Le Guen took over from coach Otto Pfiser and led Cameroon to famous away wins in Gabon and Morocco to earn the Cameroon qualification.