Thursday, April 18, 2024

Eguavoen not Eagles interim coach – NFF

President of the NFF, Ibrahim Gusau, has denied reports that Austin Eguavoen has been appointed interim head coach of the Super Eagles following the exit of Jose Peseiro.

After guiding Nigeria to a second-place finish at the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, Portuguese Peseiro confirmed his departure as coach of the Eagles after his contract officially expired last Thursday.

Immediately after Peseiro penned his farewell message, Eguaveon, the 58-year-old former Eagles coach, was immediately reported to have taken charge of the three-time African champions on an interim contract until the football governing body appointed a permanent coach for the team.

However, when the NFF President, Ibrahim Gusau was asked if Eguavoen was handed the Eagles job, he replied, “No.”

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Eguavoen had coached the team to a bronze medal finish at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, before serving in interim capacity in 2010, after the departure of Lars Lagerback.

He again took charge of the team in 2021 after German Gernot Rohr was relieved of his job, and took the squad to the last 16 of the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon, before stepping down from his position as interim coach after archrivals Ghana forced Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in Abuja to qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup on the away goal rule.

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