NFA officially fire Vogts

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NFA Chief Media Officer Ademola Olajire finally confirmed that the association had earlier sent a notice of termination to the 61-year old World Cup winner, which expired early this month.

"Vogts had earlier been served with a 30-Day Notice of Termination, in line with the letter and spirit of the contract he signed with the NFA in London on 6th February 2007," Olajire told KickOffNigeria.com on Thursday. "The FA did not want to make any comment on the issue as we wanted to respect the confidentiality clause in the contract."

According to the NFA spokesman, Vogts was dismissed for several reasons, not the least of which was his failure at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana.

"Vogts endangered his position with constant quarrels with his employers, snide remarks about the Nigerian federation and failure to take his team to the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana earlier in the year."

The NFA are expected to name a consortium of indigenous coaches sometime next week, as the Super Eagles look forward to the start of the 2010 World Cup/Nations Cup qualifying series in 10 weeks time.

Current Olympic team coach Samson Siasia has emerged as a clear favourite to take over, although KickOffNigeria.com understands that the appointment will be conditional on his qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games with a win against South Africa next week.