Sports minister, Sunday Dare has stepped in to try and persuade Swede Thomas Dennerby to continue as coach of the national women’s team.
It comes after the Swedish coach threatened to leave due to ongoing problems with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
The issues, which the NFF are yet to comment on, have led to Dennerby excusing himself from at least the next two Super Falcons games.
Nigeria are due to face Ivory Coast next month in a two-legged 2020 Olympic qualifier and Dare wants the 60-year-old Dennerby to change his mind.
“I have personally stepped into the matter of Thomas Dennerby, the coach of Super Falcons. I received a brief this morning and will proceed to seek a quick resolution to ensure he continues to coach Nigeria’s female team,” Dare revealed on his official social media.
“An hour ago I had a constructive conversation on the telephone with Super Falcons coach Dennerby in Sweden. I have also spoken with the NFF leadership. We are working to resolve the issues in the interest of football development.”
According to BBC Sport, Dennerby is now expected in the capital Abuja this weekend for a face-to-face meeting with the minister and his employers to discuss his future.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria travel to Abidjan on 2 October for the first leg, before hosting their West African rivals in the reverse fixture in Lagos four days later.