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Nigeria in advanced discussions with José Mourinho to lead his team CAN 2021.

Niger­ian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Ama­ju Pin­nick has revealed that he has spo­ken to Arsene Wenger and Jose Mour­in­ho about the vacant post of direc­tor of the nation­al team. Ger­not Rohr was sacked ear­li­er this month, just weeks before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Wenger has not been suc­cess­ful since leav­ing Arse­nal after 22 years in 2018 and is cur­rent­ly FIFA’s Head of Glob­al Foot­ball Development.

Mour­in­ho, how­ev­er, is cur­rent­ly AS Roma boss after leav­ing Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur ear­li­er this year.

The Por­tuguese series win­ner has guid­ed Roma to a mixed start to the sea­son on their return to Ital­ian football.

They are cur­rent­ly sixth in Serie A, out­side of Euro­pean places, but have dom­i­nat­ed their Europa Con­fer­ence League group.

And Pin­nick approached the two leg­endary Pre­mier League coach­es about work­ing in Nige­ria in a bizarre story.

He said: “I also spoke with Arsene [Wenger]. Arsene is our tech­ni­cal direc­tor at FIFA. I had an inter­face with him about some of these coaches.

“And, of course, [we spoke to] Mour­in­ho. I’m not going to tell you that we haven’t spo­ken to Mourinho.

“They are some of the best coach­es in the world. And there is noth­ing wrong with that because he [Wenger] is also con­cerned with the way we are.”

Pin­nick wants two main traits from his can­di­dates — good dis­ci­pline val­ues ​​and a thirst for win­ning trophies.

“The focus on the new coach is dis­ci­pline. We will be look­ing at his dis­ci­pli­nary back­ground,” Pin­nick said.

“Sec­ond­ly, we will also look at how hun­gry he is to win tro­phies, because if they are hun­gry it replaces so many things, and if he wants to win he will instill discipline.

“We will be look­ing at all of these things, but I can­not speak emphat­i­cal­ly as I will under­mine my exec­u­tive committee.”

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