The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have added Egypt coach Hassan Shehata to a shortlist of coaches to replace Shuaibu Amodu, who was fired late Friday.
"Yes, Shehata has been added to this shortlist, making him the sixth coach Nigeria are considering to lead the country to the World Cup in South Africa in June," said NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire.
Last week, Shehata led Egypt to an historic third successive Africa Cup of Nations crown in Angola.
Shehata has also disclosed that he has been approached by Nigeria, but that the decision rested with his employers, the Egypt Football Association (EFA), who have extended his contract until 2014.
Other potential candidates are Russia coach Guus Hiddink; Bayern Munich trainer Louis van Gaal; Bruno Metsu, who led Senegal to the 2002 World Cup; Ratomir Djukovic, who guided Ghana to the 2006 World Cup and former England caretaker coach, Peter Taylor.