Nigeria have appointed former Sweden coach Lars Lagerback to lead them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

The 61-year-old saw off competition from compatriot Sven-Goran Eriksson for the role, while another former England boss, Glenn Hoddle, was also in pole position until Lagerback was interviewed by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) yesterday.

NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire told Press Association Sport: "In the early hours of this morning we appointed Lars Lagerback." He went on to explain that Lagerback had pipped Hoddle and former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu to the job.

Bruno Metsu was ahead, Glenn Hoddle took over, but in the end it was Lagerback, who was interviewed last, who won it.

NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire on the race for the Nigeria job

"Previously Bruno Metsu was ahead, Glenn Hoddle took over on Wednesday, but in the end it was Lagerback, who was interviewed last, who won it," said Olajire. "He has now signed a five-month contract to take Nigeria to the World Cup."

Lagerback succeeds Shaibu Amodu as coach of the Super Eagles, after they finished third at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Angola last month. The Swede will watch their friendly against Congo DR on Wednesday, and will be based in Nigeria from next month until South Africa 2010.

Lagerback has huge experience of international coaching. He was co-coach of Sweden at UEFA EURO 2000 alongside Tommy Soderberg, and led the team outright from the summer of 2004 until 2009, when he resigned following the failure to qualify for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup.