Lagerback to lead Super Eagles

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pretoria - The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) named former Sweden coach Lars Lagerback as the new head coach to lead the Super Eagles to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The 61-year-old, who hails from Katrineholm in Sweden, beat hands down former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu, former Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic and former England star and coach Glenn Hoddle to secure the top job.

Lagerback replaces Shaibu Amodu who was sacked, following the team's poor performance at the Africa Nations Cup in Angola in January.

Lagerback, who was announced on Friday night as the new coach of the Super Eagles, will be present albeit not coaching when Nigeria take on the DRC in a friendly match in Abuja on Wednesday.

The panel of interviewers recommended Lagerback, who took his country to the last 16 of the 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Lagerback is expected to sign a five-month contract lasting until the end of the first ever FIFA World Cup finals to be staged on African soil this winter in South Africa.