Paul Le Guen named new Nigeria coach
Posted: 19 July 2016 Time: 08:21
French manager Paul Le Guen has been named as the new head coach of African powerhouses Nigeria.
“Paul Le Guen has been appointed Nigeria new coach and he will be assisted by Yusuf and Imma Amakapabo of Enugu Rangers,” announced NFF technical committee member Paul Bassey.
The 52-year-old beat contenders Tom Sainfiet – formerly of Free State Stars and Salisu Yusuf, who had been caretaker coach since May, to the post, and now faces the difficult task of resurrecting the faith of the Nigerian people in their team, who have endured somewhat of a slump of late.
Now ranked 70th in the world, the Super Eagles failed to qualify for Afcon 2017, and face tough opposition in Algeria, Cameroon and Zambia in the qualifiers for a place in the 2018 World Cup.
Le Guen, who replaces Sunday Oliseh who walked out in February, arrives with a wealth of experience, having lead Cameroon at the World Cup in 2010, while also winning three League titles with Olympique Lyon (2002-2005) before lifting the 2008 French Cup during his stint in charge of Ligue 1 giants Paris-Saint Germain.