Former Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh says he wants to help rebuild Nigeria's football reputation after Nigerian officials failed to back Berti Vogts.
Nigeria's reputation is in tatters following their Cup of Nations exit
Vogts's position will be reviewed later this week after the Super Eagles' worst Nations Cup display for 25 years.
Oliseh told BBC Sport: "I think it's time that those of us who have played at the highest level, it's time we took charge because it is heartbreaking."
Nigeria bowed out after they lost 2-1 to 10-man Ghana in the quarter-finals.
Oliseh, who won the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria in 1994, added: "I have been asked if I would like the job and I think it is time that those of us who have the experience and have played a part in what Nigerian football is today, I think it's time - the solution is in our hands."
Following the Super Eagles exit from Ghana, Nigerian Football Association chairman Sanni Lulu told BBC Sport: "The players tried their best and we (the NFA) did all we could, so there must only be one thing wrong."
Nigeria's performance represents the worst showing at the Cup of Nations since 1982 when they went out at the group stage.
Since then, the two-time winners have reached the semi-finals each time they have played in the tournament, winning it in 1994 and contesting the final on four other occasions.
Oliseh is currently coaching in Belgium and will return to the UK to complete his Uefa A Licence later this year.