Barring any last minute hitch, a former Ethiopia coach Tom Saintfiet may soon be officially announced as the Technical Director of the national football teams.
The Belgian was picked from a list of 16 persons that applied for the position that became vacant after James Peters was sacked.
Saintfiet was selected by the NFF technical committee and is expected to be endorsed by the NFF executive committee during the federation’s AGM in Kaduna next week. A very competent source close to the committee told our correspondent on Monday that it is hoped that saintfiet will get the nod from the board.
He said, “A lot of things were put on the table, including their playing experience, coaching experience, educational qualification and technical experience. Saintfiet scored the highest points of all the people that applied and those that were shortlisted.
“It is for the committee to recommend and not appoint and that is exactly what has been done. So it now depends on the NFF for the final say. But for me I believe adequate care was taken for the selection.”
THE PUNCHlearnt that the Belgian was in Morocco during the U-23 qualifiers for the London 2012 Olympics. It was not clear whether he was invited by the NFF hierarchy or made the trip on his own. He met with the NFF officials while there but the technical committee members insist he was picked on merit rather than external pressures.
The football federation had toyed with many names for the position previously with a former Super Eagles captain Sunday Oliseh as the top candidate at a time. Both sides however disagreed on salary package which forced the negotiations to scatter. Oliseh later switched to the Eagles coaching position following the sack of Samson Siasia.
The technical committee had earlier recommended the employment of a foreigner as the technical director of the teams. In picking Stephen Keshi, it was recommended that a non-Nigerian be employed and that whoever comes as Eagles coach will accept to work with him as part of the conditions for the job.
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