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Nigeria add Giovanni Trapattoni to coaching targets

Giovanni Trapattoni
Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland came close to World Cup qualification

Giovanni Trapattoni has been added to the Nigerian Football Federation's list of preferred candidates to take over as national team coach.

The 70-year-old Italian is currently manager of the Republic of Ireland and is contracted to lead them through to the end of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Nigeria fired coach Shaibu Amodu at the weekend and need a new boss for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Trapattoni joins a list of six other coaches being targeted by Nigeria.

The others are Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, Russia boss Guus Hiddink, Bayern Munich coach Louis Van Gaal, former Senegal boss Bruno Metsu, ex-Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic and one-time England caretaker manager Peter Taylor.

The NFF has pledged to reach a decision by the end of February.

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Trapattoni's Republic drew 1-1 with Nigeria in a friendly match at Fulham's Craven Cottage ground in May 2009.

They missed out on World Cup qualification after a controversial play-off against France in which Thierry Henry's handball allowed his team to level on the night and progress on aggregate.

Trapattoni is also a former coach of the Italian national team, and enjoyed huge success at club level at Juventus, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Benfica.



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NFF chief explains Amodu sacking
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Shehata enters Nigeria coaching race
07 Feb 10 |  African
Nigeria part company with Amodu
06 Feb 10 |  African
Unlucky Irish look to future
31 Dec 09 |  Football
Irish 'cheated' by Henry handball
19 Nov 09 |  Internationals
France 1-1 Rep of Ire (agg 2-1)
18 Nov 09 |  Internationals
Trapattoni extends Republic stay
25 Sep 09 |  Internationals
Rep of Ireland 1-1 Nigeria
29 May 09 |  Internationals


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