The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has thrown the Super Eagles coaching job open following a resolution of its Technical and Developmental Committee, which met on Wednesday in Abuja.
The committee resolved to initiate the process for the selection of a substantive coach for the Super Eagles before the 2018 World Cup draw.
“A small team of eminently –qualified persons with the required pedigree will take charge of the process, and the best candidate would be selected, irrespective of whether he is indigenous or expatriate,” the NFF said in a statement on Thursday.
It would be recalled that since the resignation of Sunday Oliseh as Eagles coach, there have been debates on who handles the national team on substantive basis. This is even as national U-23 coach, Samson Siasia, filled the gap during the last qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Rising from the meeting in Abuja, the Technical and Developmental Committee resolved that the best hand, whether Nigerian or expatriate, would be recruited to handle the team. According to the resolution, the interview for the vacant Eagles’ post will be done before the June 24 draw for 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Meanwhile, Kennedy Boboye, Abia Warriors Coach, has declared his delight at having landed the Super Eagles’ job, albeit on interim basis.
NFF announced on Wednesday that Boboye, Imama Amapakabo and Salisu Yusuf would take charge of the team’s international friendly matches against Mali and Luxembourg.
He said that his dream has always been to coachthe national team, and vowed to churn out a beautiful brand of attacking football.
“I feel honoured getting a chance to handle the Super Eagles – to be honest, it is a dream come true,” Boboye told Goal.
“This is a reward for my hard work in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and we pray for victory and the wherewithal to change the face of Nigerian football.
“With my coming on board with Imama [Amapakabo] and Salisu [Yusuf], we will ensure things work out and play attractive football.
“Our brand of football has to be offensive and also take the chances that come our way. We have been conceding goals in our recent international matches and that is not good for us too.
“We’re going to work hard to be the best we can – that will make Nigerians happy and send a message that our appointment is not a fluke,” he concluded.
The Super Eagles, which missed out on the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, will take on Mali at the Stade Robert Dichon on May 27 before facing Luxemburg five days later, as the national team look to get formidable for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.