Former Eagles captain and midfield maestro Austin J.J Okocha and former Super Eagles Coach, Shuaib Amodu have been chosen by the Nigeria Football Federation to lead the team against Pharaohs of Egypt in the all-important AFCON qualifier.
A source told our correspondent that the NFF Chairman Amaju Pinnick and other executive members of the federation who are currently in Zurich for the FIFA presidential election took the decision to quickly save the country football.
As Super Eagles prepare to host Egypt in Kaduna on March 25, NFF has drafted Okocha and Amodu to lead the team on a temporary bases, pending the employment of a new permanent coach.
Meanwhile, the federation has vowed to take Oliseh’s case to FIFA over breach of contract.
Oliseh resigned his appointment on Thursday, saying he has to take the decision because the federation could not pay his salary and that of his assistants. He also bemoaned the attitude of the federation towards the players, alleging that the body had failed in its responsibility to manage the team financially.
“We all know Amodu and his many times of coming to rescue the Eagles. But, Okocha is one person we surely need because of his pedigree and respect he commands from the Eagles and internationally”, the source said. “Let’s not talk about Oliseh’s resignation for now. What is important to us now is to see that we beat Egypt and qualify for the Nations. After that we can talk about Oliseh”.