By Colin Udoh:

Lars Lagerback is expected to be officially unveiled at a media conference on Wednesday, just before the friendly international against Democratic Republic of Congo in Abuja.

The Swede will remain in Abuja to complete negotiations on the final details of his contract and is expected to sign the deal early next week before his midweek unveiling.

The NFF have proposed three local assistants for him in Austin Eguavoen, Daniel Amokachi and Alloy Agu.

Lagerback has, however, proposed to bring in three of his own backroom staff – one assistant coach, one physical trainer and one scout.

Meanwhile, a top official of the NFF has told that Lagerback was only offered an initial five-month contract until August because his wages will be paid by the Presidential Task Force, which will cease to exist after that time.

“The PTF will be responsible for the wages of the new coach, and their job will end in August after the World Cup. From that point on, it is the NFF that will take up the responsibility for paying the coach and it will be up to us to decide whether we want to keep him or not, depending on our performance at the World Cup.”

NFF Executive Committee member Taiwo Ogunjobi added that if the Glass House were suitably impressed by Lagerback, he would be offered a minimum two-year deal.

“We hope that he will do very well. If he does, we will not give him anything less than a two-year contract,” Ogunjobi told

The PTF was set up by Nigeria President Umaru Musa Yaradua to help secure World Cup qualification and prepare the team for the tournament and their brief will end after the World Cup.

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