Nigeria are looking to fill their vacant head coach position with a foreigner who has a proven track record
World Cup participants Morocco have joined Nigeria in the race to hire former PSG, France, and Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc, reports Ignazio Genuardi via Get Football News France.
The Nigeria Football Federation has reportedly shortlisted Blanc among several other foreign coaches to take charge of the Super Eagles.
The former handler of the team, Augustine Eguavoen, stepped down from the role after he failed to help the three-time African champions qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
But the Nigerians are not the only one eyeing Blanc, as Morocco are also interested in the 56-year-old tactician.
Unlike Nigeria, the North Africans, led by Vahid Halilhodzic, have booked a place at Qatar 2022. But the FA wants to replace Halilhodzic before the Mundial after the former PSG forward fell out with star man Hakim Ziyech of Chelsea.
1998 World Cup winner with France, Blanc has never worked in Africa, as he has only previously managed Bordeaux, the French national team, Paris Saint-Germain, and Al-Rayyan.
The former Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Manchester United defender is, however, open to a new challenge, having recently managed Qatari club Al-Rayyan – the first time he is coaching outside of Europe.
A coach with a proven track record, Blanc won four Ligue 1 titles with Bordeaux (1) and PSG (3) while clinching the Ligue 1 Manager of the Year awards three times.