Nigeria Fire U-17 Coach Henry Nwosu

Former international skipper, Henry Nwosu, has been relieved of his job as coach of the Nigeria Under-17 team.

The technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), headed by Taiwo Ogunjobi, has recommended the dismissal of Henry Nwosu as coach of the country's Under-17 team after what they described as a below-par showing at an invitational tournament in Dubai.

A top official told "The committee has recommended that Nwosu be replaced. He was invited for today's technical committee meeting but failed to show up. The coaches of the full national team and the national Under-20 team, Shuaibu Amodu and Samson Siasia, respectively, were at this meeting."

Nwosu's assistant, Monday Odigie, will take temporary charge of the Golden Eaglets, as the Nigerian U-17s are called, until a substantive coach is named.

Top coaches Kadiri Ikhana and John Obuh have already been interviewed for the job.

Nigeria finished a disappointing third at a four-nation tournament in Dubai earlier this year, which was won by South Korea.

Nigeria are the defending World Under-17 champions and will host the FIFA World U-17 Championship in October.

Samm Audu,