Amaju Pinnick, the President of the Nigeria Soccer Federation has revealed that they held talks with AS Roma supervisor, Jose Mourinho while searching for a brand new Super Eagles coach.
Pinnink disclosed this throughout a media parley with sports activities journalists in Lagos on Wednesday December 22.
He stated the Super Eagles would get a brand new coach “inside next week or so”, that means interim coach of the staff Austin Eguavoen won’t take the squad to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, which begins on January 9, 2022 in Cameroon.
Recounting efforts in getting a brand new coach for the nationwide team, Pinnick stated the NFF held talks with Serbian Mladen Krstajic and Jose Mourinho of their bid to get a top-class coach for the national team.
He additionally revealed that Portuguese Jose Peseiro, a former Real Madrid assistant coach and FC Porto head coach, was on the three-man shortlist for the Eagles coaching job.
The NFF President stated;
“The emphasis on the brand new coach is self-discipline. We are going to take a look at his antecedents on self-discipline.
“Secondly, we may also take a look at how hungry he’s to win trophies as a result of if they’re hungry it supersedes so many issues and if he desires to win he’ll instil self-discipline. We are going to take a look at all this stuff however I can’t make a pronouncement emphatically as a result of I will probably be undermining my govt committee.
“So, till my govt committee comes out inside the subsequent week or so to say that is the identify as a result of the technical committee has to carry their presentation to the manager committee. It will be a seamless motion to the present staff headed by Eguavoen.
“However we’ve got spoken to a few prime coaches and Peseiro, whose identify has been going round, is among the coaches and I can let you know he’s a prime coach.
“We additionally talked to Mladen (Krstajic) however after speaking to him he obtained a job with a prime membership in Israel, Maccabi Tel Aviv. You possibly can see these are coaches which are hungry and able to take Nigeria as a house; they’re those that we all know are able to face the problem from the 200 million Nigerians.
“They’re coaches who the gamers can’t be greater than and I consider we’re doing every little thing we are able to and that’s why we interface with the ministry on each degree.
“After all Mourinho, I’m not going to let you know we didn’t speak to Mourinho as a result of we did and the (sports activities) minister additionally talked to Mourinho and there may be nothing incorrect with it.”
Pinnick nevertheless refused to disclose the coach who will handle the Eagles on the AFCON. He stated;
“If the coach will give us the Nations Cup, he will probably be drafted in instantly. I’m not going to let you know that it will likely be later, due to what essence is the recruitment? If the manager committee says sure and we’re prepared, what are we ready for?
“After I spoke with one of many coaches on Tuesday, he was already scouting our gamers and was telling me issues I didn’t even find out about our gamers. It was fairly spectacular and he advised me the energy of every participant and he took me off guard. We’re not going to experiment and if he can win the Nations Cup, no downside.
“We all know Eguavoen can do it, however we additionally need somebody who can do it higher. If we’re unable to signal him quickly, then we are going to work with the present staff. However I’m not going to let you know that if we’ve got him signed at present, he’s not going to steer the staff to the AFCON.”
Eguavoen was introduced as interim coach of Tremendous Eagles after Franco-German Gernot Rohr was sacked on December 12.