By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho ‘has held talks about becoming the next Super Eagles of Nigeria coach ahead of the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), despite only joining Roma in the summer according to a report on Daily Mail.
The President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Melvin Pinnick says they want a ‘top coach’ who is ‘hungry to win trophies’
The former FC Porto and Chelsea FC coach is only six months into his stint with Roma, but Jose Mourinho has already held talks about taking the Nigeria job, according to reports from Nigeria.
The Super Eagles are on the lookout for a new coach after parting company with Gernot Rohr ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations next year in Cameroon, with Amaju Pinnick targeting a manager who can bring the trophy home again.
“The emphasis on the new coach is discipline,” he said. “We will also look at how hungry he is to win trophies because if they are hungry it supersedes so many things and if he wants to win he will instill discipline.
“Of course Mourinho – I am not going to tell you we didn’t talk to Mourinho because we did and the Sports minister also talked to Mourinho and there is nothing wrong with it.
“If the coach will give us the Nations Cup, he will be drafted in immediately. I am not going to tell you that it will be later, because of what essence is the recruitment? If the executive committee says yes and we are ready, what are we waiting for?”
Mourinho has only just signed a three-year deal with Roma, joining them in May – setting out his ambition to build a ‘winning project’ over the next few years.
Nigeria is looking for a replacement for Gernot Rohr ahead of next year’s AFCON with Augustine Eguavoen in charge of the team pending the appointment of a substantive coach.
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