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Temile: I rejected Eagles’ job - He was never contacted - Ogunjobi

By Saliu Gbadamosi - 16.04.2008

Senegal's Ousmane Ndoye wins an aerial
battle against South Africa in one of Ghana
2008 African Nations Cup game played in
Tamale,Ghana. The match ended 1-1.
A report from London claims that the Nigeria Football Association,NFA,only settled for Shaibu Amodu as Super Eagles chief coach after being turned down by ex-international, Clement Temile.

According to The Times of London, NFA sought after Temile, who is the head coach at lowly Kentish Town FC, to replace German coach Berti Vogts, who was sacked by the body.

Vogts was sacked from the Eagles job after the Nigerian senior side's lacklustre performance at the Ghana 2008 Nations Cup, where the team crashed out in the quarter-final, losing to arch-rivals, Black Stars of Ghana 1-2. The ouster marked Nigeria's worst Nations Cup show in more than two decades.

The Times reported that Temile, a member of the Green Eagles’ squad to the 1984 Nations Cup in Cote d'Ivoire, has led the North London side to the brink of promotion from the Molten Spartan South Midlands Football League Division One.

“I am not ready.I want to gain more experience. I know my country - if you're not prepared, they can mess you up,” The Times reported the former Shooting Stars of Ibadan player to have said.

Chairman of NFA Technical Committee, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, however, refuted the story while speaking with Tribunesports on Tuesday, saying there was no iota of truth in the report.

Ogunjobi, whose committee shorlisted coaches for the Eagles job in February and recommended its choice to the NFA board, said: "I am not aware of anything like that. The report is not true; in fact, it is far from the truth.

"There was never any time we at the NFA got in touch with Clement Temile to take over from Berti Vogts."

Amodu was announced last Thursday in Abuja as the new helmsman of the Eagles by NFA chairman, Alhaji Sani Lulu, who also named Daniel Amokachi, Fatai Amoo and Aloy Agu as assistant coaches with the mandate to qualify the Eagles for both the 2010 Nations Cup and World Cup.

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