Shaibu Amodu is the new Nigerian coach

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Posted: 10 April 2008 Time: 18:30

The Executive Committee of the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) has named former Orlando Pirates’ coach Shaibu Amodu as the Super Eagles’ new head coach.

After a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, chairman of the association, Sani Lulu, announced that the NFA had ratified Amodu’s appointment.

“We have accepted the report of the three-man committee that we set up to look into the coaching issue and we unanimously agreed that Shaibu Amodu will be the new head coach of the Eagles,” Sani Lulu said.

“We also accept that Daniel Amokachi will be assistant coach number one and Fatai Amoo be assistant coach number two. Aloy Agwu will be goalkeeper trainer.”

The chairman also disclosed that the new coaching crew has been given a mandate by the association.

“They must qualify the Super Eagles for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup and must excel in both championships.”

Lulu said an unveiling ceremony will be held soon.

Amodu, who coached the Bucaneers in the 1997/98 season, held the reins of the Super Eagles in 2002 when he qualified Nigeria for the World Cup after Dutchman Jo Bonfrere had all but extinguished Nigeria’s hopes of making it to Japan and South Korea.

He was, however, sacked after Nigeria won the bronze medal at the Mali 2002 Nations Cup.

Amokachi is currently assistant coach at league champions Enyimba. He resigned as Super Eagles’ assistant coach under Berti Vogts last year, while Amoo is head coach at Premier League side Sunshine Stars.

Allow Agwu, who was part of the Super Eagles between 1989 and 1994, is currently goalkeeper trainer at Enyimba.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:25 am
Nigerian pride is at the root of this decision. They are sick and tired of foreigners under achieving. But the problem is not the foreign coaches, it is the politics in soccer in Nigeria
posted: 01:32 pm
Oh nigerian pride.But i can foresee this coach being fired faster than he was hired.Nigerians are talented players thus requires a highly skilled coach to make them play as a team.
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