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Former Wolves coach Walter Zenga applies for vacant Nigeria top job

Former Wolves coach Walter Zenga has applied for the vacant Nigeria national team job.

The 61-year-old has submitted his résumé to the Nigeria Football Federation to become the new head coach of the Super Eagles.

Zenga, who is a former Italy goalkeeper, is seeking to replace dismissed Augustine Eguavoen.

The role has become vacant since Eguavoen failed to lead the Super Eagles to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after losing out to regional rivals Nigeria.

Zenga’s agent Alberto “Jimmy” Fontana, has confirmed his client has submitted his CV to authorities awaiting being shortlisted for the position.

The former Inter Milan goalkeeper has managed a number of clubs in Italy including Cagliari.

His first managerial job was as Player-Manager of New England Revolution.

He had a short stint with Milanese Serie D team Brera Calcio, before moving to Romania in 2002, where he managed Naţional București and then Steaua București where he won the domestic title and reached the Round of 16 of the 2004–05 UEFA Cup after eliminating UEFA Cup winners Valencia from the competition.

In the summer of 2005, Zenga joined Red Star Belgrade, leading the Serbo-Montenegrin team to a double (National League and National cup).

In the summer of 2006, Zenga was appointed as the coach of Turkish Süper Lig side Gaziantepspor; he resigned in January 2007 in order to accept an offer from United Arab Emirates club Al-Ain.

In September 2007, Zenga was announced as new Manager of Dinamo București, replacing Mircea Rednic. Other teams he handled included Catania in April 2008, he saved them from relegation to Serie B and Palermo in 2009.

On 11 May 2010, he was announced new head coach of Saudi Professional League club Al-Nassr and later moved to Al Nasr SC in 2011 in the UAE Pro-League.

When he returned to Italy in 2015, Zenga was appointed head coach at Serie A side Sampdoria for the 2015–16 Season. In 2016, he was at Wolverhampton Wanderers. On 8 December 2017, Zenga was appointed Crotone manager and took over in Cagliari in March 2020.

[The Sun]