It’s becoming clear who will likely become the next coach of the Super Eagles.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has finally shortlisted 3 candidates being considered for the post of Chief Coach of the Super Eagles.
Out of the over 20 persons who applied for the position, one successful candidate will be named by the NFF.
A statement released by the NFF on Friday in Abuja listed the three coaches to include former Ethiopia coach Tom Saintfiet, one-time coach of Cameroon, Paul Le Guen, and Super Eagles’ caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf.
The NFF statement said:
“…the NFF Technical and Development Committee pored over more than 20 applications before cutting the list to three.
“Among those who showed interest in coaching the Super Eagles are Giovanni Solinas, Saintfiet, Hey Antoine, Mark Wotte, Yusuf, Ernesto Paulo Calvinho, Dorian Marin, and Le Guen.
“Others are Miodrag Jesic, Perry Hansen, Ove Pedersen, Adebayo Lateef Kola, Sylvanus Okpala and Peter Ijeh.
“The rest are Vladimir Petrovic-Pizon, Lodewijk de Kruif, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, Bjorn Frank Peters and Ricki Herbert.’’
Salisu Yusuf, the only home-based coach to make the shortlist was named in March 2015 as assitant to late Stephen Keshi.
He was later named as the interim coach of Nigeria’s Super Eagles in April.
Yusuf has coached top Nigerian clubsides; Kano Pillars, El-Kanemi Warriors and Enyimba FC.
NFF Shortlists 3 For Eagles’ Coach Job
He is perhaps being considered based on his record as caretaker with whom the Super Eagles defeated Mali and Luxembourg in international friendlies in Europe.
Tom Saintfiet, a 43-year-old Belgian and former player, with extensive experience coaching in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa is another likely contender.
Saintfet has coached the national teams of Ethiopia, Togo, Yemen, Namibia, Malawi and Zimbabwe.
He also has a strong track record developing young teams with success.
Sainfet has coached the Qatari national under-17 side, Young Africans FC of Tanzania as well as Free State Stars FC in South Africa.
Third contender, Paul Le Guen, a one-time french player, led the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The 52-year-old frenchman coached french clubside Olympique Lyonnais to three consecutive Ligue 1 titles.
He once played for Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and featured 17 times for his home country, France.
Le Guen has coached several clubs in France, Glasgow Rangers in Scotland as well as the Oman national team.
Chris Green, NFF Technical Committee Chairman said the shortlist was on the basis of a set of criteria.
The Committee will meet on July 18th to interview the shortlisted candidates and will immediately name one as the next Super Eagles’ Head Coach.