‘I’m Not Planning A Come-back As Super Eagles Coach’ – Jo Bonfrere

‘I’m Not Planning A Come-back As Super Eagles Coach’ – Jo Bonfrere

Former Super Eagles Coach, Johannes Bonfrere has debunked rumours of him eying a fresh come back to handle the national team again.

Bonfrere who piloted Nigeria to win the Olympic Soccer gold at Atlanta 96 Olympic Games told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that his frequent visits to Nigeria to watch some games involving the national teams were mere visits because of his love for the country.

The Dutch tactician was also seen on the stand during Nigeria’s matches at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and watched the Super Eagles play during the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

Bonfrere, who took over from his boss, Clemence Westerhof, also came to cheer the home-based Super Eagles up at the Agege Stadium last Saturday in the reverse fixtures with the Hawks of Togo.

He said that the visits were not to seek any coaching job.

“I am in Nigeria to follow some football games and to see the national team play that is the reason I am always in Nigeria.

“I have yet to think if I will take up any coaching job with Nigeria, that is my stand for now. I love the team and I am passionate about Nigeria,” he said.

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Bonfrere was removed as the coach of the national team in 2001 following a spate of poor performance in the qualifying round of matches to Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup and replaced by his then assistance led by Late Amodu Shaibu who qualified the Super Eagles to the tournament.

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