Jose Mourinho’s “Hand” In The Appointment Of New Super Eagles Coach


The Nigeria Football Federation will soon announce the
appointment of a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles.
The announcement could be made before the impending
Africa Cup of Nations billed for Cameroon in January.
The new coach, whose identity is still being kept under
wraps, was recommended to Nigeria by one of the best
and most popular coaches in the world, Jose Mourinho.
Sports Vanguard exclusively gathered that in his bid to get
the best tactician for Nigeria, Pinnick who has never
hidden his lack of confidence in Nigerian coaches, went in
search of a capable hand who would replace sacked
Gernot Rohr.
Our source informed that due to the backlash that
followed Rohr’s poor performance with the Eagles, Pinnick
didn’t want to take anything for granted, in his search for
Rohr’s replacement.
“The NFF boss went as far as meeting with many
respected names including the former Chelsea coach,
Jose Mourinho to assist him in getting a good coach for
Nigeria,” our source said.
“The speed and precision with which the NFF applied in
securing a new coach could not have been possible
without the role played by the ‘Special One’.”
Our source said the NFF President is not leaving anything
to chance in his bid to ensure Nigeria’s flag is flown in
Qatar 2022. “Qualification to the 2022 World Cup is top
priority for NFF president Amaju Pinnick,” he said.
Pinnick, himself said as much when he explained that Rohr
was booted out to avoid a “disaster”, which will actually
be failure to feature at Qatar 2022 that will guarantee
millions of US Dollars to the country.
Although the new coach is expected to be named before
the AFCON, he is expected to be in Cameroon as a
spectator. “He is expected to have a first hand knowledge
of the team from the background while interim coach
Austin Eguavoen pilots the campaign for Nigeria’s fourth
continental title,” our source added.