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NFF Denies Appointing Paul Le Guen As Super Eagles Manager

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has opened the lid on the purported appointment of Frenchman Paul Le Guen as the technical adviser of the men’s senior national team.

The media had been flooded on Monday, July 18, with reports that the former Cameroon manager had been unveiled as the new Super Eagles coach. But on Tuesday morning, the former Paris St Germain (PSG) manager reportedly denied being offered any contract by the Nigerian federation.

Sources say he was not comfortable with some clauses in the agreement he was meant to sign and he decided not to accept the coaching job until things were properly sorted out.

In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, the NFF clarified the controversies surrounding the appointment of Le Guen, saying all sub–committees in the federation can only make recommendations to the Board.

The statement signed by the chairman of the NFF media and publicity committee, Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, dismissed reports in local and international media of the Frenchman’s rejection of the position as simply preposterous.

“The press statement was clear, to the effect that all appointments made at the Technical and Development Committee meeting were mere recommendations, which had to be deliberated upon and agreed to by the Board. No sub –committee in the NFF, except the judicial bodies, takes decisions. They only make recommendations.

“In truth, the technical and development committee perused the profiles of all the coaches who submitted applications and find Mr. Paul Le Guen suitable for the post. But during final negotiations, he objected to being given a target and also did not wish to live in Nigeria, which was a sore point with the Board.”

Yahaya-Kwande added: “The job of head coach of Nigeria is a very big one and there is no way anyone will get such a job without being handed a target.

“There is absolutely no issue with Le Guen saying he is not coming; several highly –qualified persons would be happy to be named Manager of the Senior National Team of Nigeria. We have a plan to take care of that eventuality.”

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