Reports from France have claimed that the newly-appointed Super Eagles coach, Paul Le Guen, will not be coaching the Super Eagles despite his being announced by the Nigerian Football Federation as the country’s new head coach on Monday.
Top French journalist, Herve Penot, revealed on his verified Twitter handle, @hpenot_lequipe, in French that the tactician will not go to Nigeria since his conditions were not met by the NFF.
Pour info : Paul le Guen n'ira pas au Nigeria. Les conditions pas réunies pour être sélectionneur. Rien à voir aujourd'hui avec la sélection
— Herve Penot (@hpenot_lequipe) July 18, 2016
Penot tweeted: “Paul le Guen will not go to Nigeria. Conditions not met to be coach. Nothing to do with the selection,” the tweet read.
A French newspaper L’Equipe, also confirmed that Le Guen has rejected Nigeria as the NFF are yet to meet the terms and conditions requested by the coach to work as the new Eagles boss.
The Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation had on Monday announced the Frenchman Guen, 52, as the new head coach of the Super Eagles with the appointments subject to agreement of contract terms with the NFF Executive Committee.
As at the time of filing this report, the NFF have not released any official statement to verify this claim, but a sports analyst, Colin Udoh, who reacted to the development said the Frenchman may not have been comfortable with the clauses in the contract.
It would be recalled that former coach of the Super Eagles, Sunday Oliseh had resigned his position citing a breach of contract by Nigeria’s football body.
The former captain announced his resignation, citing unpaid salaries, lack of cooperation, among other factors, as responsible for his action.
With this blow to the NFF, after a long search for someone to fit into the big shoes of coaching the Super Eagles, Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia may be a mirage.