BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.
In political arena, there is a saying that there are no permanent friends or enemies, but permanent interest.
So also it seems in sports, especially in World Cup. When Nigeria faces Iceland on Friday June 22 in Volgograd, the Super Eagles’ opponents will be guided by Heimir Hallgrímsson, an assistant to Lars Lagerbäck, the Swedish coach that guided Nigeria at the 2010 World Cup, who himself was on the opposite bench when Nigerian lost to Sweden at the 2002 World Cup.
The circle of former coaches switching to the opposite positions will be completed as Iceland is about signing on Roland Andersson who assisted Lagerbäck in handling the Super Eagles at 2010 World Cup.
Sports Village Square has gathered from an Icelandic publication, fotbolti.net, that Iceland has approached former Lagerbäck’s assistant in the Nigerian squad. He will team up with Hallgrímsson.
The report reads: “Roland Andersson will probably continue with us. He was a national assistant coach of Nigeria (World Cup 2010),”
”He is terribly humble, very smart and nothing complicates anything. I learned a lot from him and he is probably the one who taught me the most in being a spy”, remarked Freyr Alexandersson, coach of the Iceland female team.
Lars Lagerbäck handled Iceland last year and famously defeated England, 2-1 at Euro 2016.