Former Super Eagle Coach Eyes the Cranes

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Former Nigeria and Kenya football coach, Christian Chukwu, has admitted he has eyes on the vacant national coaching job at the Uganda Cranes. A report in the Lagos daily newspaper, This Day, says Chukwu also advised former Nigerian internationals Sunday Oliseh and Austin Eguavoen to take a plunge at the Cranes' coaching job because they are as good as any other coach for the post. Eguavoen was the Eagles coach from 2005 till February this year while Oliseh was considered for the Nigerian job after Ghana 2008 before the Nigeria Football Association. The Federation of Ugandan Football Associations (FUFA) has been shopping for a substantive national coach since Hungarian Laszo Csaba threw a spanner in the works by jumping ship to be in charge at Scottish side Hearts last week. FUFA is hoping to tie up the appointment of a new coach to take charge before the Cranes play their must win Angola/South Africa 2010 qualifiers against Niger and Benin. Chukwu said his familiarity with the East African work environment in addition to his strong background as a player and a coach should stand him out for the job if FUFA so desired. He said FUFA has not yet approached him, but he has been closely monitoring the situation since last week. Chukwu said that if FUFA approaches him, he will accept the challenge. The former Super Eagles captain will be aiming to follow the steps of Harrison Okagbue as the second Nigerian to be on the technical staff of FUFA. Okagbue handled the Cobs - the Ugandan Under-23 side till 2000 while on attachment as a technical assistant with FUFA. Media reports say that applications for the Cranes job have already been received from 12 coaches who are nationals of the United States, Germany, Brazil, Morocco, Belgium and Serbia.