The Nigeria Football Federation appears to have knocked out Tom Saintfiet from the race to become the new Nigeria coach as they did not contact him before putting him on the shortlist, and neither have they formally invited him for an interview which is supposed to hold next Monday, fcnaija.com can confirm.
The NFF shortlisted Saintfiet along with Paul Le Guen and Salisu Yusuf as candidates to become the Super Eagles substantive coach and an interview is expected to hold on Monday July 18, but fcnaija.com can confirm that the Belgian Saintfiet was not contacted before being shortlisted and has also not been invited for Monday’s interview.
“The NFF did not contact him before putting his name on the shortlist and he has also not been invited for the interview which is supposed to be held on Monday,” a top NFF source disclosed to fcnaija.com.
“As at today (Thursday), he has not been told anything but we are aware he is very interested in the job,” the source added.
The 43-year old Saintfiet is currently in Bangladesh, where he has been offered their national team coaching job, but he told fcnaija.com he is yet to sign as he is waiting for the call from the NFF.
“I have an offer from them (Bangladesh) and they are waiting for me to sign but I wait for a decision of Nigeria before I decide,” he told fcnaija.com.
Saintfiet is widely travelled on the African continent, as he has managed the national teams of Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia and Togo, just to mention a few.