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2017 AFCON ouster: NFF to meet Dalung, Tuesday; rules out Okocha for Eagles’ job

Jay Jay Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha
Following the unceremonious ouster of the national team from the qualifications for the 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon, officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are now set to meet with the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, to chart a way forward for the country’s football.
Top on the agenda will be the issue of hiring a foreign coach for the Super Eagles as the World Cup qualifiers loom on the horizon.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick hinted to the media in Abuja that Tuesday’s meeting with the minister will determine if the federation hires a foreign coach or not.
There has been news making the rounds that former midfield maestro Augustine ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha will be part of the new coaching crew but despite availing himself, it seems this will not happen any time soon.
According to sources in the Federation, the present set-up will remain intact for now as Samson Siasia tinkers with the ‘Dream Team’ ahead of the Olympics.
It is expected that if a foreign coach is hired, he might want to come in with his own assistants who will likely be foreigners.

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