NFF settles for Salisu Yusuf as Super Eagles coach

Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf
Salisu Yusuf

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has settled for indigenous manager, Salisu Yusuf, as Super Eagle chief coach following the controversies surrounding the appointment of Frenchman Paul Le Guen.

Le Guen was originally named technical adviser of the three-time African champions on Monday with Yusuf drafted to assist him.

But the inability of both parties to agree on a common terms and conditions meant the former Paris Saint-Germain defender had to decline the job.

The confirmation of Salisu was one among several pressing issues discussed by the NFF Executive Committee in a meeting held at the body’s secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday.

Salisu, who also takes charge of the domestic Super Eagles team, will be assisted by Imama Amakapabo and Alloy Agu while Bitrus Bewarang replaces late Shaibu Amodu as national technical director.

The committee also instructed the Technical and Development Sub –Committee to, within the next seven days, recommend a candidate for the post of technical adviser.

This leaves Belgian tactician, Tom Saintfiet, as the only one left from the original three names shortlisted by the NFF.

However the former Ethiopia coach might as well snub the Super Eagles and instead take charge of Bangladesh.

He is expected to travel to Chittagong to watch the first round matches of the Bangladesh Premier League scheduled to kick off on July 24.

“I was always focused on my team. When I do something I do with full commitment. You never know what happens in life,” he said.

“When I come back from Chittagong on July 26 after the matches, I hope on July 27 I will sign the contract.”