Former Mali Coach Targets Super Eagles’ Job

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Days after leaving his post as head coach of the Mali national team, former RC Lens defender Éric Sékou Chelle has reportedly expressed interest in taking up the Super Eagles job.

The Super Eagles head coach position is currently vacant since Finidi George resigned following a disappointing performance when Nigeria failed to beat South Africa and lost to the Benin Republic.

Finidi has already taken up a new job as chief coach of NPFL moneybags Rivers United FC even when the Nigeria Football Federation is yet to make its position clear about the former AFC Ajax star.

With the NFF reportedly keen on appointing a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, several tacticians have been showing interest in handling the three-time African champions.

The latest name making the rounds with interest in being the Super Eagles’ next coach is 46-year-old Éric Chelle.

Éric Chelle was the coach of Mali for the past two years before he was dismissed on June 13, 2024.

Chelle led Mali to the quarter-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and provided one of the tournament’s most iconic moments.

Many can still recall Chelle squatting and crying while having water poured on his head when Mali, who looked to be cruising to the semifinals, were shocked in the closing stages by a dramatic Cote d’Ivoire comeback.

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