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Eguavoen capable of leading Super Eagles to AFCON glory – Uyi

By Ifeanyi Ibeh
14 December 2021   |   11:36 am
Nigerian-born FA licensed football agent, Drew Uyi, has congratulated newly appointed Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, and is confident the former Nigerian international has what it takes to lead Nigeria to an impressive outing at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday announced the sack of erstwhile…

Nigeria’s head coach Austin Eguavoen jubilates after his team’s victory over Senegal during their third-place playoff match at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt 2006. Nigeria beat Senegal 1-0 to win the bronze medal. (Photo: ABDELHAK SENNA/AFP)

Nigerian-born FA licensed football agent, Drew Uyi, has congratulated newly appointed Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Augustine Eguavoen, and is confident the former Nigerian international has what it takes to lead Nigeria to an impressive outing at the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations.

The Nigeria Football Federation on Sunday announced the sack of erstwhile manager of the Nigerian national team, Gernot Rohr, and offered the job to Eguavoen, the NFF’s Technical Director, on an interim basis.

With the Africa Cup of Nations due to kick off on January 9, 2022 in Yaoundé, with the Super Eagles getting their campaign underway two days after with a potentially explosive clash against Egypt, it means Eguavoen and his coaching assistants have less than a month to prepare for the tournament where Nigeria will also come up against Sudan and Guinea-Bissau in Group D.

Speaking from his base in the United Kingdom, Uyi, who is also a brand strategist and athlete brand educator, said that Eguavoen has what it takes to handle the Super Eagles at this critical period, adding that the leadership of the NFF has reasoned in the right direction by looking inward for a manager for the three-time former African champions.

According to Uyi, giving Eguavoen a consortium of coaches such as Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach), Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach), Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach), Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer), to work with shows that the NFF have placed the Eagles in capable hands.

Former Super Eagles captains Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal were also appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the coaching crew, and Uyi believes Eguavoen, also a former Nigeria captain and one-time manager of the team, knows the best approach to take in reshaping and repackaging the Eagles for the task ahead.

“I want to congratulate my brother, a true professional and seasoned coach, Austin Eguavoen, for this new national assignment given unto him. Taking up the job is like working in a familiar terrain. He has been there as a player and as a coach. He is familiar with the other coaches and the players, while he is well-known to the administrators. He is also a delight of the teeming fans of the Super Eagles. The environment is conducive for him to operate,” said Uyi.

“I see Eguavoen and the other coaches making a strong impact at the AFCON holding in Cameroon in January.

“I must also commend the NFF for looking inward this time around. I believe that the urge not to disappoint Nigeria will be so high with Eguavoen and the other coaches.”

Eguavoen was the captain of the Super Eagles when they beat Zambia in the final of the 1994 AFCON in Tunisia and was in charge of the Eagles when they placed third 12 years later at the 2006 AFCON in Egypt.