Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has agreed a deal in principle to take over the coaching job of the South Africa national team after the World Cup, according to Nigeria sports dailies Soccer Stars.
Keshi, whose contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) runs until 2015, is understood to have decided to bring his relationship with the football family to an abrupt end after the tournament in Brazil.
The coach recently revealed he has at least six offers on the table, one of which was believed to be succeeding Gordon Igesund as coach of the Bafana Bafana.
Football daily news tabloid Soccer Stars reports Keshi will jet out from Brazil to Johannesbourg to formalise a two-year deal with the South Africa Football federation (Safa) immediately after the World Cup.
The report quoted several unnamed sources, believed to have gathered first-hand information on the development.
“He is going to South Africa immediately after the World Cup,” one of the sources said.
“The South Africans are impressed with what he has done with the Eagles and want him to turn around the fortunes of Bafana Bafana.”
The report further adds that at least 10 top European coaches have indicated interest to succeed Keshi at the African champions.
The 52-year-old former Nigeria international led the Super Eagles to a third African Cup of Nations (Afcon) triumph in South Africa last year.
He guided Nigeria to the ongoing 2014 World Cup, after previously achieving same feat with Togo for the 2006 edition held in Germany in 2006.
Nigeria are on the brink of qualifying for the knock-out stage of the World Cup for the first time since France ’98, having drawn (against Iran) their opening group game and won (against Bosnia-Hercegovina) their penultimate preliminary round of matches in the South American amazon.
The Eagles face a battle to finish top of Group F against favourites Argentina in their final group game on Wednesday, but only need one point to progress to the second round.