Herve Renard: Nigeria Reportedly Switching Attention to Ex Saudi Arabia Coach for Super Eagles Role

Herve Renard: Nigeria Reportedly Switching Attention to Ex Saudi Arabia Coach for Super Eagles Role

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 2, 2024 at 3:10 PM
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  • Herve Renard has reportedly popped up on the radar of Nigeria
  • The French coach will be available after the 2024 Paris Olympics
  • Renard is currently managing the French national women's squad

The Nigerian Football Federation are reportedly interested in recruiting French tactician, Herve Renard, as the new coach of the Super Eagles.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations finalists are yet to announce a new national coach following the departure of Jose Peseiro in February.

Former Super Eagles forward, Finidi George, has been named interim coach and took charge for the friendlies against Ghana and Mali in March.

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Herve Renard leads the Saudi Arabia team at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Credit: @FIFAcom @NGSuperEagles
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However, after a win and a defeat in the international break, the NFF are still in pursuit of a new coach and some believe Finidi is not the man for the job.

Renard, who led Zambia and Ivory Coast to AFCON success in 2012 and 2015, respectively, is currently manager of the French female team but will leave his role this summer, as reported by French Football Weekly.

This has reportedly prompted Nigeria to make a move for the in-demand gaffer, who is also interested in leading a team at the World Cup after his adventure with Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

"In the back of my mind, there is the 2026 World Cup, and I hope that this will be my third World Cup as a coach," he told L'Equipe.

Meanwhile, Nigeria will be hoping to get a deal done before the return of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June, where the Super Eagles face South Africa and Benin.

Renard is also said to be on the radar of the Cameroonian Football Federation.

Jose Mourinho linked with Nigeria job

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Jose Mourinho has been linked Nigeria and the national team coaching role.

The former Chelsea manager, who left Roma in January, has declared his interest in returning to management.

Nigeria have been without a national boss since Peseiro's contract with the NFF expired at the end of February.

Jose Peseiro leaves Nigeria job

Sports Brief also reported that Peseiro announced his decision to step down as coach of Nigeria after leading the country to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations last month.

The 63-year-old Portuguese coach met the target of guiding the Super Eagles to the semi-final of the tournament but has decided to move on after his contract had concluded.

Peseiro stated it was 'a great privilege' to work with Nigeria and added he and his team would miss both the officials and players they have worked with for the past two years.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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