Wednesday Jan 19, 2022. 13:00
As the now official early favourites at AFCON 2021, Nigeria prepare to close their convincing Group C run against Guinea Bissau on Wednesday evening on a high and interim coach Augustine Eguavoen talks about staying on and the now growing burden to bring home title number four.
Eguavoen, who replaced long-serving Gernot Rohr in December as caretaker boss, has presided over Nigeria’s most convincing AFCON display in years following thorough 1-0 and 3-1 Group D victories over Egypt and Sudan respectively.
“I don’t think anybody is the best in the world and is only good enough for the job at that point,” Eguavoen said during the teams pre-match briefing.
“If they credit to give me the opportunity to continue coaching the team, why not, but these questions have come up many, many times but I am very happy with the position I am occupying at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).”
Equavoen is NFF Technical Director.
“If they ask me to do it, maybe, just maybe, but we will get to that river when we cross it,” he said.
This is 1994 AFCON winning player Eguavoen’s third stint as Super Eagles head coach.
He also oversaw Nigeria’s 100 percent run in Group D at AFCON 2006 where they were ejected at the semifinals by losing finalists Cote d’Ivoire.
The Super Eagles went on to win Bronze after beating Senegal 1-0.
His last Super Eagles posting was a brief one in 2010- again in an interim capacity.
Eguavoen admits he is feeling the weight of obligation thanks to the feel-good factor radiating from Nigeria.
“Yes, there is always pressure to finish top of the group on 9 points. It would be very good like we did in 2006 when I had the opportunity to coach the team,” Eguavoen said.
“I am not going to take the credit alone, I am the coach, I give the instructions, and the team goes out there to execute, and I am very sure that the group that we have now also is ready to do that also.
“But the good thing is that we have already qualified.”