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Nigeria coaching job up for grabs as NFF advertise post

By Oluwashina Okeleji
BBC Sport, Lagos

Nigeria caretaker coach Austin Eguavoen
Austin Eguavoen is currently acting as caretaker coach of the Super Eagles

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that it will advertise the vacant Super Eagles coaching post.

NFF board member Chris Green confirmed that after its executive committee's inaugural meeting, it was agreed the job would be open to applicants.

The new NFF executives said the move was taken in the interest of transparency.

Green also said that a new coach would be hired by 1 October, just days before an important qualifier away in Guinea.

The NFF announcement is a complete departure from earlier developments where the previous leadership of the football association had already opened discussions with former Olympic team coach, Samson Siasia.

Siasia's appointment stalled over his personal terms. The NFF offered him a monthly salary of $20,000, while the 42-year-old requested $100,000 and a signing-on fee.

Austin Eguavoen is currently in temporary charge of the national team, after Swedish coach Lars Lagerback vacated the position following Nigeria's disappointing World Cup showing.

I think things should be done properly and quickly to get things sorted, so we all know where we stand and [can] move forward from there

Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi

Earlier in the week, Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi demanded that the NFF put its house in order.

Mikel rebuked members of the NFF over the country's battered football image, following long-standing reports of internal feuding, which have overshadowed preparations for Sunday's 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Madagascar.

"Nigeria football has been a laughing stock to be honest, but I always try to defend my country by insisting we are still the best and biggest," Mikel told Brila FM in Lagos.

"But honestly I don't think Nigeria football is stable, no one knows what is going on and no one knows what is happening.

"I think things should be done properly and quickly to get things sorted, so we all know where we stand and [can] move forward from there.

"This will help us have a nice qualification and go to the Nations Cup without any hassle or fuss surrounding our football."

The NFF has been dogged by problems since Nigeria were eliminated from the World Cup, after managing only a draw against South Korea in the group stage.

Lee Jung-Soo of South Korea celebrates with team mates after scoring the equalising goal

South Korea draw eliminates Nigeria

The former NFF President Sani Lulu and his deputy were both impeached by the board.

A petition challenging the validity of last week's poll that returned new executives was upheld by a Lagos high court which then issued an injunction against the elections.

The elections went ahead nonetheless and thrust Maigari into one of the hottest seats in African sport.

But the NFF is presently facing a "contempt of court" investigation after being accused of defying a court order not to have the elections.

The organisation has also, meanwhile, suspended the proposed kick-off of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), slated for 25 September, in order to ensure a smooth beginning for the competition.

The NPL chairmanship is also still under dispute after an arbitration panel set up by the NFF ruled that Davidson Owumi was ineligible to stand for election and fresh elections should be conducted.

Bayelsa United chairman, Rumson Baribote, has been challenging Owumi's claim to lead the league body.

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see also
Eguavoen happy with Nigeria squad
03 Aug 10 |  African
Nigeria move to curb corruption
31 Jul 10 |  African
Nigeria set to rebuild Eagles
14 Jul 10 |  African
Nigeria striker critical of coach
23 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Africa's World Cup sides criticised
18 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010

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