- It will be a battle among Saintfiet, Yusuf and Le Guen
- The NFF reduced the over 20 applications to just three
- The three shortlisted coaches will be interviewed on July 18
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has put former Ethiopian coach Tom Saintfiet, Super Eagles’ caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf and Frenchman Paul Le Guen, who once coached Cameroon, on a shortlist of candidates for the position of the Super Eagles’ head coach.
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On Friday, July 8, at the Glass House, 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 three-time African champions are Giovanni Solinas, Saintfiet, Hey Antoine, Mark Wotte, Yusuf, Ernesto Paulo Calvinho, Dorian Marin, Le Guen, Miodrag Jesic, Perry Hansen, Ove Pedersen, Adebayo Lateef Kola, Sylvanus Okpala, Peter Ijeh, Vladimir Petrovic-Pizon, Lodewijk de Kruif, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, Bjorn Frank Peters and Ricki Herbert.
Belgian Saintfiet, 43, coached the national teams of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Yemen, Malawi and Togo, and also worked with the Qatar U-17 side, Young Africans FC of Tanzania and Free State Stars FC in South Africa.
Yusuf, 54, was capped by Nigeria at U20 level, won FA Cup titles with El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri as a player and coached top clubs Kano Pillars, El-Kanemi Warriors and Enyimba FC.
He assisted Super Eagles’ chiefs Samson Siasia and Stephen Keshi (of blessed memory), and was caretaker coach for two friendlies that the Eagles won against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe at the end of May, 2016.
Le Guen, 52, played for Brest, Nantes and Paris Saint Germaine (PSG) and won 17 caps for France, before coaching Rennes, Lyon, PSG (in France) and Glasgow Rangers (in Scotland). He qualified the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and also coached Oman.
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Chris Green, the chairman of the technical and development committee told thenff.com: “We set a criteria with which we evaluated the nearly two dozen applications and then agreed on the three persons that we shortlisted.
“The Committee will meet on Monday, July 18, 2016, to interview the shortlisted candidates and immediately name the next Super Eagles’ head coach.”