Nigeria name Lagerback as new coach

LAGOS - Nigeria have appointed Swede Lars Lagerback as coach on a five-month contract to lead them at the World Cup in South Africa, the football federation said.

The 61-year-old was handed the job after a meeting of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Saturday, the Confederation of African Football said on its website.

Lagerback, who stepped down as Sweden coach in October after they failed to qualify for the World Cup, takes over from Shaibu Amodu who was sacked after Nigeria lost to Ghana in the African Nations Cup semi-finals last month.

Nigeria have drawn Argentina, Greece and South Korea in their World Cup group and play their first match of the tournament against the Argentines in Johannesburg on June 12.

Lagerback was joint-coach of Sweden at Euro 2000 alongside Tommy Soderberg before taking sole charge in 2004.