BREAKING: NFF Says Austin Eguavoen Is Not Super Eagles New Head Coach

BREAKING: NFF Says Austin Eguavoen Is Not Super Eagles New Head Coach—-The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has described the purported  appointment of former Nigeria international, Austin Eguavoen, as an interim  manager of the Super Eagles after Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro stepped down at the weekend as ‘a joke taken too far’.

Though Eguavoen has been the NFF’s Technical Director  since 2020, he was appointed the Super Eagles manager  on an interim basis for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, following the departure of  German coach Gernot Rohr.

He later returned to his  Technical Director’s job after the Super Eagles crashed out of the AFCON 2021 following an agonising defeat to Tunisia in the round of sixteen.

Following the exit of Peseiro  at the weekend, there has been overflowing news in a section of the main media and social media that  Eguavoen has been mandated by the NFF to step in as the interim manager of the Super Eagles. While Enyimba International coach, Finidi George, who was Peseiro’s assistant to the recently concluded AFCON in Cote d’Ivore, will serve as  Eguavoen’s assistant until the NFF names a substantive manager for the Super Eagles ahead of upcoming international engagements, including the qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA World Cup double-header against South Africa in June 2024.

But a decent source at the  NFF yesterday dismissed  with a wave of the hand the purported Eguavoen’s link to the Super Eagles job, adding that the former national team captain is not even being considered to take over on an interim basis.

“There’s nothing for  Eguavoen as far as I know,  and, in fact, nobody ever mentioned him in any capacity for the Super Eagles,”  the source  said, adding that those thrusting  Eguavoen forward for the job are only jokers.

“I think those guys are just joking. Nobody has mentioned Eguavoen as Super Eagles’  interim manager.”

Incidentally, some callers on the Lagos-based Sports radio  station, Brila FM, have kicked  against the possible return of Eguavoen as the Super Eagles manager; they  described him as a misfit for  what is regarded as one of the most high profile coaching jobs in the world.

“Please, tell the Nigeria  Football Federation not to  appoint Eguavoen as Super Eagles coach; we no go to the World Cup again  because that Baba don’t know anything o. He is not a better coach o and we no go gree NFF o,” an angry caller  said yesterday.

Another said:“ Who did this to Nigeria? Has Eguavoen forced himself upon us? I think we have to blame the NFF, who don’t know what they are doing. The NFF has not come out with any categorical statement after  Peseiro ‘s contract expired. I think it’s the prerogative of Eguavoen to step in as an interim coach since he’s the Technical Director of the NFF, but all we want now is for the NFF to do the right thing.”

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