By Johnny Edward: The Nigerian Football Federation have backed out on their new plans to hire a Serbian coach for the Super Eagles, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Nigeria were placed in the same qualifying group as Cameroun, Algeria and Zambia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw last Friday and the pairings have made the NFF move swiftly to announce Sunday Oliseh's substantive successor before the start of the qualifying campaign.
Serbian coaches Alexandra Rogic and Goran Stepanovic emerged as leading contenders for the job but according to a top source at the NFF will not hire any of them but stick with Frenchman Paul Le Guen, who they had an agreement with months back.
Le Guen who was recommended by former Arsenal Vice-Chairman David Dein to the NFF is expected to earn €44,000, it was also gathered.
"We have been receiving applications from several coaches for the Eagles job but all I can tell you is that there won't be a Serbian coach for the team," an NFF source told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"Le Guen is most likely to be hired because of the teams we got in the World Cup draw. No Serbian coach for the team."
Le Guen qualified Cameroon for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where they crashed out in the first round.
The source however added that interim coach, Salisu Yusuf, will remain as a second assistant to Le Guen when hired.
But it remains to be seen if the former Kano Pillars coach will accept the offer to serve in that capacity under a third coach.
"Salisu is expected to remain in his role when the new coach is named," the source added.