Augustine Eguavoen

Augustine Eguavoen was not fully in charge of the Super Eagles reveals former Nigerian defender Ifeanyi Udeze. 

Eguavoen resigned last month following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Speaking to Brila, Ifeanyi has revealed the interim coach was not fully in charge of the Nigeria national team during his three-month reign.

“As much as I want an indigenous coach to be in charge of the Eagles, a foreign coach must be the head,” he said.

“Eguavoen was not fully in charge of the Eagles for the World Cup qualifiers because he had said he invited some players to the team to pacify some individuals at the NFF.”

“That showed that he did not take full charge of the team. Those that he tried to pacify then where are they now?

“Some of his decisions during the game (versus Ghana) also didn’t show he had enough information about the opponents he was playing (against).”

“I find it very annoying to know that it was an Eagles player that informed the technical crew that the Ghanaian team had switched to a back five at halftime when we introduced Abdullahi Shehu.”

“We had a creative player in Akinkunmi Amoo who should have been introduced to help the team from the bench but that did not happen.”

Eguavoen had been handed a two-year contract before the first leg against Ghana but the NFF has now withdrawn the offer.

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