One of the representatives of former Dutch star, Ruud Gullit, who was among those touted to coach the Super Eagles of Nigeria has revealed that Gullit rejected the chance to tinker the African champions because of Ebola Virus Disease, EVD and fears he could be kidnapped.
Sources have confirmed that the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF have mandated a contact in Holland to sound out the former Chelsea coach. One of Gullit’s representatives said he won’t be interested in taking up the job because it is “high risk”, while listing out the outbreak of Ebola and security fears in Nigeria particularly as the country is gearing up to conduct a general election next year. “Gullit is not interested in coaching Nigeria, the fear of Ebola in Nigeria is still very real even though the Nigerian government has announced it has successfully tackled the disease there,” the source said.
Nigeria plan to hire a foreign coach immediately after the country’s two 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON qualifiers against Congo and South Africa next month, which will be handled by caretaker coach, Shuaibu Amodu after Stephen Keshi was sacked.
Nigeria’s most successful periods at full international levels were supervised by Dutch coaches Clemens Westerhof and Johannes Bonfrere. Westerhof led Nigeria to win a second Africa Cup of Nations in 1994 and qualified the country to the World Cup for the very first time that same year. His long-time assistant Bonfrere later led the country to win an historic Olympic gold in 1996 in Atlanta, United State of America.