The Super Eagles of Nigeria had just qualified for their second World Cup tournament in 1997 as the team was led by Phillipe Troussier.
Nigeria had booked their France 98' World Cup ticket in their penultimate match against Kenya with a 3-0 victory over Kenya.
The last game was a mere formality against Guinea far away in Conakry where the former African champions played for bragging rights.
But the French technical adviser decided to call it quits after much pressure from the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA).
The governing body had no choice but to employ an interim coach which Monday Sinclair was the only experienced coach at hand and was the eighth indigenous coach to handle the national team.
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The former Sharks of Port Harcourt boss (now Rivers United) was in charge of the national team between 1997 and 1999 before and after Bora Milutinovic was hired.
Sinclair had discovered talents like Richard Owubokiri, Benjy Nziakor, Peter Rufai, Finidi George, Taribo West, Emmanuel Ebiede, Davidson Owumi, Idah Peterside, Binebi Numa, Imama Amapakabo and many others.
The legendary Nigerian footballer and manager has also coached different clubs in the local league including Niger Tornadoes, Enugu Rangers, Heartland, Bayelsa United and much later Nzalang Nacional in Equatorial Guinea.
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