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banner Monday, 18 February, 2002, 18:24 GMT
Nigeria sack coach Shaibu
Nigeria coach Shaibu Amodu
Amodu paid for a poor African Nations Cup campaign
Nigeria's World Cup plans have been thrown into disarray by the sacking of coach Shaibu Amodu.

Amodu paid the price for a disappointing African Nations Cup campaign in which the Super Eagles went out at the semi-final stage.

The tournament in Mali was followed by a huge public outcry in Nigeria for the team to be reorganised before the World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

Amodu, 42, only took charge of the side last April after Dutchman Jo Bonfrere was sacked in the middle of the country's World Cup qualifying campaign.

His departure is good news for Nigeria's World Cup opponents England, Argentina and Sweden, who have been drawn to face Nigeria in the so-called Group of Death.

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BBC Sport's Jon Myers
"The Nigerian FA accused Amodu of sentimental player selection"
Nigerian sports ambassador John Fashanu
"Ruud Gullit is a name I'll be putting forward"
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