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Vogts signs deal to coach Nigeria until 2010
dpa German Press Agency
Published: Wednesday February 7, 2007

London- Former Germany and Scotland coach Berti Vogts has signed a deal to take over as Nigeria national coach until the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. "My task is not only to make it to the African Nations Cup in 2008 but also to lead the team to the 2010 World Cup," Vogts said Wednesday in London.

The 60-year-old saw Nigeria lose 4-1 to Ghana in the British capital Tuesday evening and admitted he faced a big task.

"This will be an enormous challenge for me involving a lot of work. But I'm looking forward to it," said Vogts who won the Euro 1996 title with Germany.

He also was capped 96 times for Germany as a player and was part of the 1974 World Cup winning team.

Vogts will travel to Nigeria at the end of February on a fact- finding mission but will spend most of his time in Europe where most of Nigeria's national players ply their trade.

He has yet to name his assistant coach. Vogts left his post as German national coach in 1998 and briefly worked with Bayer Leverkusen before taking on the Scotland job.

He was sacked in autumn 2004 after missing out on qualification for Euro 2004 and starting the qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup poorly. Since then he was worked as a football commentator in television.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency