November 27, 2021

Super Eagles Coach: Saintfiet Rules Self Out


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Tom Saintfiet

Prior to the announcement of the new Super Eagles head coach, one of the likely candidates, Tom Saintfiet, has ruled himself out of the top job.

This is coming as reports emerged over the weekend that the former Ethiopian coach has agreed a deal to manage the Bangladesh national team.

Saintfiet was last on Friday, July 8 July, 2016, shortlisted by the Nigeria Football Federation alongside Frenchman Paul Le Guen and interim national team coach, Salisu Yusuf, for Eagles job.

Even though an official announcement is yet to be made by both parties, the deal is expected to be completed in the coming days.

“He just arrived. He was on the plane when we sent him the contract papers. He forwarded it to his lawyer. Hopefully we can close this chapter (official signing) in three-four days,” the National Team Management Committee Chairman, Kazi Nabil Ahmed, told Dhaka Tribune.

When questioned on the current situation with the Nigerian Football Federation as regards the Super Eagles job, the Belgian said: “I saw exactly what you saw. As a coach, I was without a job for the last two months. I sent my CV to different federations all over the world and Nigeria were one of them.

“On Friday, I saw I was in the shortlist but I don’t have proper information about it (regarding interview with NFF).

“The first focus is on two (AFC Asian Cup qualifying playoff) matches against Bhutan in September and October. When the matches are finished, hopefully with the qualification, we will work together in future. First focus is on three months and to try to get good results.”

With this development, former Olympique Lyonnais coach, Paul Le Guen is set to be confirmed as the Super Eagles head coach by the NFF, later on Monday.



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