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Augustine Eguavoen Resigns As Nigeria Coach

Nigeria national team coach Augustine Eguavoen has resigned after his failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has confirmed.

The Super Eagles were among the favorites to make to this year’s tournament in Qatar, but failed to beat Ghana in the CAF Third Round playoff.

Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw by the Black Stars in the second leg played on Tuesday, to bow out on away goal rule as both teams had played to a goalless draw in the previous match.

“Following the failure of the Super Eagles of Nigeria to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the erstwhile Technical Adviser, Augustine Eguavoen has stepped down from that position with immediate effect,” said NFF in a statement released on Thursday afternoon.

“The NFF has in the meantime withdrawn the two-and-half years contract offered the coaches and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect. A new crew will be announced after a proper review to lead the new charge of reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately.”

Eguavoen was appointed as the NFF Technical Advisor in December 2021on interim basis following the sacking of Gernot Rohr.

He led the team to the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations this year, and was then tasked with reaching the World Cup finals in Qatar.

The NFF has wished the departed members the best in their future endevours while stating they will not comment on the issue again until a replacement is in place.

“We thank the coaches and team officials for their service to the nation and wish them success in their future endeavours,” said NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi.

The Super Eagles technical bench included Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach); Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach); Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach); Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer).

Former Nigeria captains, Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal, were providing technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.




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