BY MIKE NDIDI:
Former Senegal coach to the 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan, Bruno Metsu and Ghana’s coach to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Ratomir Dujkovic met with a-nine member interview panel of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, in Abuja on Monday.
The two coaches are among several others seeking to lead the Super Eagles to the World Cup finals in South Africa in June, this year.
The NFF are in the hunt for a capable replacement following the “redeployment” of erstwhile handler, Shuaibu Amodu, despite the fact that he led the squad to a bronze medal finish during the Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Federation is understood to have proposed a short term contract for the would-be Super Eagles technical supremo.
The NFF also gave a South Africa 2010 World Cup semi final target to the yet to be employed new manager. Part of the conditions is that the coach must reside in the country but would only be allowed to travel to Europe to monitor players.
If and when eventually contracted, the new Super Eagles coach will be allowed to come with his two assistants, a physical trainer and a goalkeepers trainer.
Complete Sports reports that the two expatriate coaches were interviewed on Monday by an NFF nine-man panel.
The panel members include, Chief Patrick Ekeji, Director-General of the National Sports Commission, John Mastoroudes, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, James Peters and Adegboye Onigbinde.
Others are Tijani Yusuf, Dominic Iorfa General Abdul Mumini Aminu and Abba Yola.
The two coaches left Abuja after the exercise on Monday for Lagos en route to their respective destinations.
Meanwhile NFF Technical Committee Chairman Taiwo Ogunjobi has revealed the federation’s plan to set up a training camp for the Eagles in Europe once the new manager is in place.
“It is an open secret that we have 80 percent of the players that would be used for the mundial in Europe, and we are going to set up a training camp in Europe where the players would come on weekly basis to play together and go to their clubs’,revealed Ogunjobi adding that the new coach will also monitor the players in their variuos clubs before deciding on his list for the pre-World Cup camping in South Africa.
Ogunjobi also revealed the coaches they interacted with both in England last week and the duo of Ratomir Dujkovic and Bruno Metsu who were in Abuja yesterday have all agreed to work with Nigerian coaches while coming only with their trainers.
‘’The coaches have all agreed to work with their local counterparts while bringing only a physical trainer and a goalkeepers’ trainer’,said Ogunjobi hinting that this may pave way for Shaibu Amodu to still be a part of the team to South Africa this summer.
Ogunjobi further revealed that the new foreign coach is expected to watch the Super Eagles against their Congolese counterpart in Abuja on March 3rd.
“The home based Eagles and some of the unknown professional players that would be invited from outside Nigeria will play the Congolese team on that day, there after, more friendly matches would be arranged for the team to prepare properly for the task ahead”,he said.
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