NFF President Pinnick Makes Big Statement on Eguavoen's Performance at 2021 AFCON

NFF President Pinnick Makes Big Statement on Eguavoen's Performance at 2021 AFCON

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Amaju Pinnick has praised interim Super Eagles coach Eguavoen for the team's performance at the 2021 AFCON
  • Despite Nigeria crashing out in the round of 16, Amaju Pinnick explained that Eguavoean and his wards did well
  • Coach Eguavoen and his wards will now turn their attention to the coming World Cup playoffs against Ghana

Augustine Eguavoen has been praised by the Amaju Pinnick who is the president of the Nigerian Football Federation for his performances with the Super Eagles at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.

The 2021 African Cup of Nations came to an end on Sunday in Cameroon with Senegal emerging champions after beating Egypt 4-2 on penalties in the final.

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Augustine Eguavoen in action speaking with the media. Photo by DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO
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Expectations of many Nigerians was for the Super Eagles to reach the final of the African Cup of Nations, but they crashed out in the round of 16 losing against Tunisia.

What was their result before facing Tunisia?

Super Eagles started their campaign well winning their first three matches in the competition and they were tipped to reach the final before the defeat against Tunisia.

According to the report on Complete Sports and The Cable, Amaju Pinnick explained that Augustine Eguavoen gave the players good chance to express themselves at AFCON.

Amaju Pinnick's statement about Augustine Eguavoen

“Eguavoen did well and he provided good leadership in the team. He gave the team freedom to express themselves, but trust me there can be more to it in terms of the way we want to win.
“Generally, I commended him for what he did with the team. He took the job at short notice and he was able to deliver.
“He won three games convincingly. The only team in the tournament to do that in the first round.''

NFF retains Augustine Eguavoen as Super Eagles Coach, names ex-international as assistant

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Augustine Eguavoen was retained as the Super Eagles coach by the Nigerian Football Federation and he will be assisted by former Nigerian international Emmanuel Amuneke.

This latest development coming from the Nigerian Football Federation means that Portuguese coach Jose Peseiro will no longer be taking charge of the Super Eagles.

In an announcement made by the Nigerian Football Federation, they made it clear that they want Eguavoen to continue so as for the players to concentrate.

Having crashed out at the 2021 African Cup of Nations in the knockout stage, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will now shift their focus to the coming final World Cup qualifiers against Ghana.

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