Nigeria appoint Belgian Saintfiet as technical director

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport, Nigeria
Belgian Tom Saintfiet

Belgian Tom Saintfiet has been given a four-year contract as Nigeria's technical director.

According to a communiqué signed by executive committee member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Emeka Inyama, Saintfiet will earn a monthly salary of US$20,000.

The 38-year-old Saintfiet has previously worked in Namibia, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.

As part of his brief, he will oversee all the country's teams.

"Mr Saintfiet will sign a four-year deal. The executive committee has ratified his recommendation," NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told BBC Sport.

"There will be a Nigerian assistant for Saintfiet and this appointment will be revealed soon."

The football authority also retained John Obuh as coach of the country's Under-20 side, the Flying Eagles.

He will keep his post along with his technical crew who led Nigeria to win the African Youth Championship in South Africa last year.

Ex-international and former Enyimba coach Kadiri Ikhana has also been appointed the coach of the country's women's team, the Super Falcons.

Former Kano Pillars and Kwara United coach Ikhana has replaced Eucharia Uche, whose contract was not renewed after last year's Fifa Womens World Cup in Germany.

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