The final decision on whether a foreign coach or an indigenous coach will manage the Super Eagles will be taken on Friday by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
This is because the board of the NFF will meet on Friday July 1, 2016 for the purpose of deciding who manages the team.
The NFF had concluded plans to appoint a foreign coach for the team afterSunday Oliseh sudden resignation months back.
Names such Frenchman Paul Le Guen, Serb’s Goran Stefanovic are been bandied as possible replacement for Oliseh.
But Solomon Dalung, Sports Minister, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja, foreclosed the possibility of hiring an expatriate coach for the team on the premise of the dwindling fortunes of the nation’s economy.
He also kicked against the idea of an expatriate coach because the NFF’s penchant for owing coaches.
“Do we still go and look for a foreign coach and will he (the foreign coach) be able to tolerate us without salaries for some time; more so that we may also be paying him in hard currency,” Dalung said on Tuesday.
However, Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, who confirmed on Wednesday that the NFF would take a final decision on the issue on Friday, was not forthcoming whether the football house will go ahead with the plan to appoint an expatriate coach or not.
But he was confident that a new coach would be named in two weeks time.