Tom Saintfiet has spoken to fcnaija.com about his love for African football after being shortlisted as one of the coaches to replace Sunday Oliseh as the substantive Nigeria coach.
The 43-year old Belgian is one of three coaches – which includes Paul Le Guen and Salisu Yusuf – that have been shortlisted as candidates for the vacant position with the Nigeria Football Federation expected to make an announcement this week.
Saintfiet has worked in Africa extensively and has coached five African national teams, and several African clubs and given his experience of working on the continent, has expressed the desire to continue.
“I love Africa and their football,” he told fcnaija.com
“There is so much potential, much more than in Europe. Africa has the future world champion only the people must start to believe that and starting with structures to reach that,” he said.
This is not the first time the former Ethiopia coach is linked or close to getting a job in Nigeria, as he was named the technical director in 2012, but his appointment was controversially withdrawn by the NFF with instructions from then sports minister, Bolaji Abdullahi, who felt Nigeria had capable people to do the sum job.