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NFF want Lagerback to stay

June 30, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Lars Lagerback appears to have received a vote of confidence from the Nigeria Football Federation, although an official statement was couched in such terms as to leave lingering doubts.

Lars Lagerback
GettyImagesThe future is still unclear for Lars Lagerback

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Lagerback is believed to have been offered a contract extension despite Nigeria's poor World Cup performance but is currently on holiday and so the matter remains unresolved.

NFF president Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi said earlier this week he would be happy to see Lagerback remain in charge of the national team, but the coach responded by saying he would do nothing until he had consulted with his family.

A subsequent statement from the HFF implied he would remain at the helm, saying Lagerback and his coaching staff would "embark on a highly rigorous technical process of raising a new team to be dominated by the youth and homegrown talent". It added his brief was to "develop a long–term and sustained training programme that will give the new team adequate exposure and confidence ahead of imminent qualifying competitions".