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Egypt coach Hassan Shehata enters Nigeria coaching race

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport

Egypt coach Hassan Shehata screams from the sidelines at the 2010 Nations Cup
Hassan Shehata is one of the favourites on the Nigeria shortlist

Egypt coach Hassan Shehata has been added to the short-list of five candidates hoping to become the new coach of Nigeria's national team.

On Friday the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced the demotion of Super Eagles coach Shaibu Amodu.

He'll now oversee the home-based Nigeria team who will take part in the African Nations Championship.

Dutchman Guus Hiddink, currently coach of Russia, is also on a shortlist of preferred candidates to replace Amodu.

Other names in the frame include Louis Van Gaal, former England caretaker manager Peter Taylor, Bruno Metsu, who coached Senegal to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, and Ratomir Dujkovic, Ghana's coach at the last World Cup in Germany.

"Hassan Shehata was actually in the original short-list of coaches that was drawn up by the committee," NFF media officer Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

"Six coaches are on the list and the Egypt coach is the sixth man.

"The technical committee of the federation has been mandated to screen and recommend a final short-list of three possible candidates.

"But most importantly, they have been instructed to announce a new coach for the Super Eagles by the end of the month."

Shehata, however, is an interesting new name in the mix, considering the fact that he remains the head coach of Egypt.

Barely a day after leading Egypt to their third successive Africa Cup of Nations title he claimed he had been offered the post on a temporary basis.

The 60-year-old added that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had approached both he and the Egyptian FA, but emphasised that the ultimate decision lay with his employers.

Egypt themselves narrowly missed out on a place at the World Cup after losing out to rivals Algeria in a play-off in Sudan in November.

Hassan Shehata is favoured alongside Ratomir Dujkovic to take over Amodu whose team's style of play, tactics and key decision-making were all questioned during the Africa Cup of Nations.

It had been suggested that Nigeria were interested in Zambia coach Herve Renard, but the Frenchman did not make it to the final shortlist.

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see also
Nigeria part company with Amodu
06 Feb 10 |  African
Shehata reveals Nigeria approach
01 Feb 10 |  African
Ghana 0-1 Egypt
31 Jan 10 |  African
Ghana 1-0 Nigeria
28 Jan 10 |  African
Zambia 0-0 Nigeria (4-5 pens)
25 Jan 10 |  African
Nigeria 1-0 Benin
16 Jan 10 |  African
Egypt 3-1 Nigeria
12 Jan 10 |  African

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