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World Cup 2010

Nigeria claim Hiddink interest

February 9, 2010
By Soccernet staff

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has claimed Guus Hiddink is interested in taking charge of the national side.

Vardan Minasyan, Kaldo Alvarez, Giovanni Trapattoni, Guus Hiddink, Vladimir Weiss
GettyImagesRussia boss Hiddink attended the Euro 2012 draw at the weekend
Shiabu Amodu was dismissed on Saturday after growing public pressure following the African Nations Cup and, with a replacement due to be appointed by the end of the month, Hiddink is on a shortlist to take the side into the World Cup.

Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal moved swiftly to dismiss speculation that he could take the job, but Hiddink is understood to be willing to take on the role after his current side, Russia, failed to qualify for South Africa.

Tunde Aderibigbe, special assistant to NFF president Sani Lulu Abdullahi, told Kick Off Nigeria: "He expressed an interest in the position and that is why we put his name there."

Egypt coach Hassan Shehata has claimed he has already received an approach about replacing Amodu.