Nigeria Appoints Eguavoen As Interim Super Eagles Coach After Peseiro’s Exit

Nigeria Appoints Eguavoen As Interim Super Eagles Coach After Peseiro’s Exit

Chukwu Ikechukwu
March 2, 2024 at 6:05 AM
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  • Augustine Eguavoen has quickly been appointed as the Super Eagles coach
  • The former Nigeria defender takes charge of the role on an interim basis
  • Nigeria are in search of a new permanent coach after Jose Peseiro’s exit

The Nigeria Football Federation has moved swiftly to appoint Augustine Eguavoen as the interim Super Eagles coach following the announcement of Jose Peseiro’s departure on Friday, February 1.

Peseiro penned a heartfelt message to Nigerians confirming his exit as Super Eagles coach following the expiration of his contract with the NFF after leading the Super Eagles to win the silver medal at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Augustine Eguavoen was in charge of the Super Eagles at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Photo by Daniel Beloumou Olomo.
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According to Soccernet, Eguavoen will take charge of the Three-time AFCON winners on an interim basis till a permanent solution is sorted out as the NFF begins their search for Peseiro’s permanent successor.

Following Gernot Rohr's departure, Eguavoen was also chosen as Nigeria's interim manager for the 2021 AFCON in December 2021, where he led the team to the Round of 16 before Tunisia knocked them out.

Until his recent appointment, the former Nigeria defender was serving as the Super Eagles Technical Director, and he is also touted as one of the leading candidates to take the job on a permanent basis.

Amuneke linked with Super Eagles job

Meanwhile, former Nigeria Under-17 manager Emmanuel Amuneke has been strongly linked to the vacant Super Eagles job following the exit of Portuguese manager Peseiro, Daily Post reports.

The former Barcelona winger, who led Nigeria to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2015, is among the leading candidates reportedly being considered for the role as the search for Peseiro’s successor kicked off.

Other coaches being rumoured for the Super Eagles job include ex-internationals Sunday Oliseh and Finidi George although the NFF are yet to disclose who their preferred candidate will be.

Nigerians bid Jose Peseiro farewell

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Nigerians have shared their thoughts online following the exit of Portuguese manager Peseiro as Super Eagles coach after only just leading Nigeria to win the 2023 AFCON silver medal.

The 63-year-old tactician got a bitter-sweet farewell as some supporters were delighted with his exit from the national team while others felt a bit of remorse and sadness as they wanted him to continue.

Peseiro's contract as Super Eagles coach ended after the AFCON final, and he could not reach an agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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