NFF explain Le Guen decision

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) explained that Paul Le Guen not wanting to reside in the African country as one of the main reasons why the Frenchman is not the new Super Eagles head coach.

On Monday the NFF announced the 52-year-old Le Guen as their new national team coach, only for reports to emerge on Tuesday that the former Cameroon boss had declined the offer.

NFF executive committee member Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande explained: “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 (NFF) board.

“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 (Le Guen’s unavailability).”

Le Guen initially beat out local coach Salisu Yusuf and Belgian Tom Saintfiet for the position and it will interesting to see if the NFF go for a candidate that was on the original three-man shortlist.

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