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Amodu named new Nigeria coach

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

Shaibu Amodu
Shaibu Amodu coached the Super Eagles in 1996 and 2000

The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has announced that Shaibu Amodu has returned for his third spell as the coach of the Super Eagles.

Amodu will be assisted by former internationals Daniel Amokachi, Alloy Agu and Fatai Amoo.

The quartet was handed a two-year contract with the mandate of qualifying the country for the 2010 World Cup.

"We have strong faith in these coaches and they are aware of our expectations," NFA boss Sani Lulu said.

"Qualifying Nigeria for both the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and Nations Cup in Angola as well as doing well in the later is a top priority.

"The board members of the NFA have unanimously agreed to support them and give them everything they require to succeed."

Amodu, 48, takes over from German coach Berti Vogts who was fired after Nigeria's disappointing showing at the recent Nations Cup in Ghana.

He returns for a third spell in charge of the squad having coached his country in 1996 and 2000.

His best moment came in 2002 when he helped the country to qualify for the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.

Amodu's first game in charge will be in June when they take on South Africa in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

They will also play Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea in Group Four of the qualifiers.

see also
2010 World Cup Qualifiers
27 Mar 08 |  African
Shaibu fights back
26 Feb 02 |  Africa
Shaibu 'still in charge'
29 Mar 02 |  Africa
Nigeria sack coach Shaibu
18 Feb 02 |  World Cup 2002
Q&A: Amodu Shaibu
10 Oct 01 |  Sports Talk

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