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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 October, 2003, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Robson 'named Nigeria boss'
Bryan Robson
Robson was sacked as manager of Middlesbrough in June 2001
Former England skipper Bryan Robson is set to become Nigeria's new coach, according to reports.

Robson approached the Nigeria Football Association (NFA)in August, expressing his desire for the job.

NFA secretary-general Taiwo Ogunjobi and a member of their technical committee interviewed the 46-year-old for the job during their visit to London last week.

Robson, who is believed to be ready to take charge for next January's African Nations Cup in Tunisia, has been offered an initial six-month contract.

His deal will be renewed if he can produce results.

Robson has been out of a job since English Premiership side Middlesbrough sacked him in June 2001.

The former Manchester United skipper played in three World Cups - 1982, 1986 and 1990.

It will be his first job in Africa and he will be assisted by Christian Chukwu, who has been Nigeria's caretaker coach since last year.

Nigeria, pitched against South Africa, Morocco and Benin in the first round of Tunisia 2004, will begin their quest for a third African title with a game against Morocco on 27 January in Monastir.

Foreign managers have been in charge on the two occasions that the Super Eagles have won the title; Otto Gloria of Brazil in 1980 and Dutchman Clemens Westerhof in 1994, when Chukwu was his deputy.




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