Former England manager, Glenn Hoddle is optimistic he can take Nigeria’s Super Eagles to the semi final of the 2010 World Cup.
Hoddle, who is being speculated to be the most regarded by the interview panel scrutinising shortlisted coaches for the Super Eagles coaching job opines that meeting the target of a semi-final berth in South Africa will be tough but it is achievable.
“A semi final berth for now is a difficult prospect given the short time at hand, but with football you never can tell, it is achievable.
“I’m very happy to be here. I’ve enjoyed my stay in Nigeria. I have to see if I’m the coach first and then know how to build a strong team for the World Cup.
“I hope to enjoy my work here and I think I have the experience to turn things around inspite of time constraint. Yes, there is enough time to prepare a good team for the World Cup.
“I hope to be Nigeria’s manager at the World Cup because you have the quality to do well at the World Cup,” Hoddle, who was one of the most endowed players of his era enthused.
The Englishman became the third coach in line to have faced the panel that started work since Monday after Bruno Metsu and Ratomir Djukovic.
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Meanwhile Glen Hoddle is expected to visit the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Secretariat in Abuja at 3p.m. today to pay a courtesy call on the federation’s president, Sani Abdullahi Lulu.
Hoddle who faced the NFF panel yesterday in Abuja will be accompanied by John Olatunji Shittu, a FIFA licensed players agent.
This much NFF technical sub-committee chairman, chief Taiwo Ogunjobi disclosed to Complete Sports last night in Abuja.
“Hoddle will be paying a courtesy call on the NFF president at 3p.m. on Thursday. The president will be arriving from South Africa on Thursday morning after attending the FIFA World Cup seminar,” said Ogunjobi who explained why the visit is necessary.
“The first two (Djukovic and Bruno Metsu) we interviewed visited the NFF secretariat to have a first hand feeling of where they will be reporting to if offered the job and in the spirit of fair-play we feel it is necessary we also take him to the secretariat where the federation’s president will be waiting to receive him,” he explain.
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