Nigeria Super Eagles’ Soccer Coach Approached by S. Africa – Bloomberg

Stephen Keshi, the coach of the
Nigerian Super Eagles national soccer team, said South Africa is
among countries that have approached him about a coaching their
national team after the World Cup in Brazil ends next month.

South Africa, whose national team known as Bafana Bafana
failed to qualify for the World Cup, is seeking a new leader
after deciding not to renew the contract of current coach,
Gordon Igesund, which expires next month. Despite having the
biggest league by revenue in Africa, South Africa has only won
the Africa Cup of Nations once and hasn’t regularly qualified
for the World Cup. Bafana means the boys in Zulu.

“There’s been a lot of interest from other countries,”
Keshi told reporters yesterday in Porto Alegre, Brazil. “South
Africa is one of them.”

Keshi, known as Big Boss, captained the Nigerian national
team for more than a decade and played club football in Nigeria,
Ivory Coast, Belgium and France. He was assistant national coach
in 2002 when Nigeria qualified for the World Cup and later
coached the Togolese national team and helped them qualify for
the World Cup before being fired just before the tournament. He
later managed the Mali’s team and took over as coach of the
Super Eagles in 2012, leading them to victory in the Africa Cup
of Nations, held in South Africa, last year.

Moyes, Chelsea

The Super Eagles are second in Group F of the monthlong
tournament that started on June 12 in Brazil. They play
Argentina, which leads the group with six points, today in Porto
Alegre
. Nigeria has four points after winning against Bosnia and
Herzegovina and drawing with Iran. Keshi didn’t say whether he
is interested in the South African position.

The South African Football Association yesterday said in a
statement no coach has been appointed and a decision will be
made in July. Dominic Chimhavi, a spokesman for SAFA, declined
to comment beyond the statement.

A number of coaches have expressed interest in the vacancy,
according to a list e-mailed by Chimhavi.

They include David Moyes, who was fired as coach of English
club team Manchester United (MANU) earlier this year, Keshi and Carlos Queiroz, currently coach of Iran and a former South African
coach.

Former France captain and Chelsea FC defender Marcel Desailly is on the list as is former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd
Hasselbaink and Avram Grant, who coached Chelsea.

Herve Renard, a French Coach who lead Zambia to the African
Cup of Nations title, has put his name forward as has Roberto Carlos, who played for Brazil, Giovanni Trapattoni of Italy as
well as Ruud Gullitt and Patrick Kluivert, both of the
Netherlands.

The list is completed by Pim Verbeek, Ruud Krol and Dick Advocaat of the Netherlands, Ljubo Petrovic and Vladislav Heric
of Serbia, Juan Ramon Lopez of Spain, Manuel Jose of Portugal
and South Africa’s Shakes Mashaba.

To contact the reporters on this story:
Alex Duff in Manaus, Brazil at
aduff4@bloomberg.net;
Neo Khanyile in Johannesburg at
nkhanyile@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story:
Antony Sguazzin at
asguazzin@bloomberg.net
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Nigeria Super Eagles’ Soccer Coach Approached by S. Africa – Bloomberg

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