The Nigerian Football Federation Hijacks The Stade Malien
Movement From Eguavoen And Appoints
Him A Technical Director
Former Super Eagles head coach Austin Eguavoen, 55, was announced on Tuesday as the new head coach of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). He replaces Bitrus Bewarang, whose expired contract was not renewed for another term.
“Cherry”, as Eguavoen has been affectionately called from his days as a defender for the Eagles, was due to take over as head coach of the Malian giants’ Stade Malien Bamako before the NFF “coup” nipped in the bud. that adventure.
Eguavoen is a familiar figure on the country’s senior team, as he coached the Super Eagles at the 2006 AFCON in Egypt, where the team finished third.
He was also Lars Lagerback’s assistant at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and briefly replaced the Swede for two games in late 2010 before his former Eagles teammate Samson Siasia was named.
Eguavoen, who was part of Nigeria’s ‘Golden Generation’ that won AFCON 1994 and also qualified Nigeria for their first World Cup appearance in USA ’94, will take over the NFF Technical Department at a time when that Nigerians are dissatisfied with the quality of the Super Eagles play under the supervision of German coach Gernot Rohr.
Having played with the team that was awarded the “Most Entertaining” team and ranked fifth in the world that led to the World Cup in America, Eguavoen is expected to help set the direction for the three-time African champions.
Nigerian fans and experts were particularly disappointed by the lack of quality in the two games the Eagles played against Algeria and Tunisia in Austria a fortnight ago despite the fact that Rohr had timed four years as the team’s head coach. He has been experimenting with all player manners since he took office in 2016.
According to the statement issued by the Head of the NFF Communications Department, Ademola Olajire, Eguavoen is expected to work with Paul Aigbogun (Deputy Director of Technical and Scouting) and Terry Babatunde Eguaoje (Consultant in Coaching and Development).
Others in the newly formed Technical Department include; Abdulrafiu Yusuf (Deputy Director, Coaching and Development); Siji Lagunju (Deputy Director, Training and Development) and; Garba Lawal (Technical Director).
The NFF said the appointments take immediate effect.