The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has shortlisted three candidates for the Super Eagles coaching role, the federation announced on Friday.
The three candidates, who were chosen for final consideration are former Ethiopia coach, Tom Sainfeit, who is Belgian, Eagles caretaker coach Salisu Yusuf and Frenchman Paul Le Guen.
According to the NFF, more than 20 coaches applied for the role from which the NFF Technical and Development Committee shortlisted the final three.
Giovanni Solinas, Saintfiet, Hey Antoine, Mark Wotte, Yusuf, Ernesto Paulo Calvinho, Dorian Marin, Le Guen, Miodrag Jesic, Perry Hansen, Ove Pedersen, Adebayo Lateef Kola, Sylvanus Okpala, Peter Ijeh, Vladimir Petrovic-Pizon, Lodewijk de Kruif, Kenichi Yatsuhashi, Bjorn Frank Peters and Ricki Herbert are among those who applied for the vacant position.
Le Guen, 52, [above]who many have tipped to be the next coach has handled the Cameroon national side, the Indomitable Lions, the Omani national side as well as Brest, Nantes, Lyon, Rennes and Paris Saint-Germain in Germany and Glasgow Rangers in Scotland.
Yusuf, who is the caretaker coach of the Super Eagles, was a former junior international. Recently Yusuf assisted both Stephen Keshi and Samson Siasia on different occasions before taking charge of the two friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg.
He has also coached and played for El-Kanemi Warriors as well as handling Kano Pillars and Enyimba – top sides in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).
Saintfeit, 43, [above] has coached the national sides of Namibia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Malawi, Yemen and Togo. He also spent time in South Africa coaching Free State Stars as well as Tanzanian side, Young Africans (Yanga).
The Belgian has also coached the Qatari U-17 side and will hope he adds the Eagles job to his portfolio.
“We set criteria with which we evaluated the nearly two dozen applications and then agreed on the three persons that we shortlisted,” chairman of the technical committee, Chris Green, told thenff.com.
“The committee will meet on Monday, 18th July 2016 to interview the short-listed candidates and immediately name the next Super Eagles’ head coach.”
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