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Agents are your major problems, Adelabu tells Eguavoen

By Guardian Nigeria
29 December 2021   |   2:51 am
Former international, Adegoke Adelabu, has warned Super Eagles’ Interim Coach, Augustine Eguavoen, to beware of football agents, saying the middlemen can ruin his dream of success in Cameroon.

[FILES] Nigeria’s coach Austin Eguavoen shouts at his players during their match against Ghana for the African Nations Cup (CAN) football match at al- Masri club stadium in Port Said 23 January 2006. AFP PHOTO/KARIM JAAFAR (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Former international, Adegoke Adelabu, has warned Super Eagles’ Interim Coach, Augustine Eguavoen, to beware of football agents, saying the middlemen can ruin his dream of success in Cameroon.

Speaking with The Guardian yesterday, Adelabu said Eguavoen is saddled with the hopes and aspirations of local coaches, who have been clamouring to head the senior national team’s technical crew, adding that the dream could be derailed by football agents.

“My appeal to Eguavoen now is for him not to succumb to pressures from these football agents, who will want their players to be featured regularly at the AFCON in Cameroun. Eguavoen should close his eyes against any interference and pick the right players that will fit into the pattern he plans to use in Cameroun.

“Eguavoen should know that he is the image of the local coaches, who may be hoping to get Eagles’ job in the future. He should beware of football agents, who, in the past, have been accused of bribing coaches to select their players at major competitions,” he said.

The former Eagles’ winger faulted NFF’s continuous search for a foreign coach, saying, “It is even wrong for the NFF not to make Eguavoen the substantive coach for the AFCON in the first place.

“Coach Gernot Rohr, who was relieved of his post as Eagles’ handler, did not do anything to benefit our football, especially at the grassroots. Rohr failed to expose our local league players; he closed his eyes completely against indigenous players.”