Pinnick: The next Nigeria coach will be a foreigner

Pinnick: The next Nigeria coach will be a foreigner
Amaju Pinnick President of Nigerian FA

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Apr 10, 2022. 12:00

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has revealed that the next Super Eagles head coach will be a foreigner.

The NFF recently announced that they had terminated the appointment of the entire Super Eagles technical crew with immediate effect.

This was the aftermath of the country’s failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals after they were defeated by their West African rivals, Ghana in the final round of qualifying.

The Federation pulled the plug on offering two-and-a-half-year contracts to local coaches Augustine Eguavoen, Emmanuel Amuneke, Salisu Yusuf and Joseph Yobo.

Pinnick stated that NFF Board has decided that a foreign coach will be appointed for the Super Eagles within the next ten days, but has not mentioned a frontrunner for the vacant job.

“One thing I can guarantee you is we are getting a foreign coach, within the next seven to ten days we’ll announce a foreign coach,” Pinnick said on Brila.

Gernot Rohr remains the last foreign coach to take charge of the Super Eagles having been fired last year in December.

The German tactician was sacked despite qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals and the final round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup playoffs.

Rohr was replaced by Jose Peseiro, who was expected to take charge of the team after the 2021 AFCON finals in Cameroon with Eguavoen set to take charge of the team at the continental tournament.

However, the NFF announced that Eguavoen would remain Nigeria’s interim coach after the team was eliminated in the Round of 16 in Cameroon.

This ended the possibility of Portuguese mentor Peseiro taking charge as the next Super Eagles permanent boss.

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