Eguavoen steps down as Super Eagles coach after AFCON 2021 exit

Eguavoen steps down as Super Eagles coach after AFCON 2021 exit

Augustine Eguavoen has stepped down as the interim coach of the Nigeria national team.

This follows the Super Eagles’ 1-0 shock defeat to Tunisia in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 clash on Sunday, following a dismal show.

Eguavoen had led the three-time champions to three straight wins against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau.

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However, they fell short against a COVID-stricken Tunisian team in the knockout stages.

Speaking after the disappointing performance, Augustine Eguavoen said; “What happens next is that I’m the interim coach and Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

“I will go back to my position and allow the NFF (to) make a decision on the way forward.”

Eguavoen stepped in after Gernot Rohr was sacked last month. However, the NFF announced Jose Peseiro as the new permanent coach before the AFCON kicked off.

The Super Eagles struggled to replicate the same impressive form they displayed in the group stages. After a tepid first half, Eguavoen’s charges had a mountain to climb after going a goal down early in the second half. However, their task became even more difficult after substitute, Alex Iwobi was sent off.

The former Arsenal midfielder had inadvertently stamped on a Tunisian player and was given his marching orders after a VAR review.

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