Jose Mourinho 'holds talks' over becoming Nigeria boss for next month's AFCON despite only just joining Roma

THE NIGERIAN FA have spoken to Jose Mourinho about the prospect of becoming the new manager of the national team, their chief has revealed.

The Super Eagles are managerless after sacking Gernot Rohr earlier this month, with the African Cup of Nations just weeks away.

Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigerian FA, wants to appoint a manager who can instil discipline into the squad as Nigeria look to win AFCON for the first time since 2013.

And Pinnick revealed they have targeted Roma boss Mourinho ahead of the tournament.

He told Nigerian outlet the Daily Trust: "The emphasis on the new coach is discipline.

"We will also look at how hungry he is to win trophies because if they are hungry it supersedes so many things and if he wants to win he will instil discipline.

"Of course Mourinho – I am not going to tell you we didn't talk to Mourinho because we did and the (sports) minister also talked to Mourinho and there is nothing wrong with it.

"If the coach will give us the Nations Cup, he will be drafted in immediately.

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"If the executive committee says yes and we are ready, what are we waiting for?"

Mourinho has only been at Roma a matter of months after returning to Serie A last summer.

But he has not had an easy time and lost his cool after AC Milan ended his 43-game unbeaten streak in Italy.

Mourinho also slammed his players after they suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Bodo Glimt in the Europa League.

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