Former international Samson Siasia has been appointed coach of Nigeria, the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed.
“The decision to choose Siasia is in the best interest of Nigerian football,” the NFF technical committee member Chris Green told reporters.
Siasia was coach of the Nigerian Olympic team, which won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games and the Under-20 side that finished runners-up to Argentina at the 2005 World Youth Championship.
He had been the favourite for the job after the Swede Lars Lagerback turned down an offer to stay in charge after the World Cup finals.
But Siasia’s appointment was delayed because of political in-fighting in the Nigeria Football Federation, which led to a brief suspension from FIFA.
Siasia will take up the post from December 1 but will travel with the team for a friendly in Iran on November 17.