Eguavoen Opts For U-23 Job



Interim Coach of the Super Eagles, Austin Eguavoen says he will be better off with the  coaching job of U-23 Eagles than handling the senior national team.


Eguavoen whose star-studded team failed to beat the Syil National of Guinea in an African  Cup of Nations qualifier in Conakry last Sunday said his mind is no longer with the  Eagles since the day Nigeria Football Federation, NFF announced the coaching job as  vacant.

Eguavoen made it clear that he has his eyes set on handling the U-23 team in spite of  having been in charge of the senior team since the contract of Swede coach, Lars  Lagerback, was not extended after the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The former Enyimba gaffer also said he is unperturbed if a new coach is named in place of  him for the Super Eagles, as he will gladly accept an offer to take charge of the U23  team.

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“Like I said earlier, I am favourably disposed to handling the U-23 side.  I have also  made it clear that I will not apply for the Super Eagles’ job because I don’t see any  sense in doing so. If another coach is appointed to replace me, I will accept that and  will prefer the U-23 side,” Eguavoen said on Brila FM early today.

Still angry at the attitude exhibited by the players before and during the Guinea match,  Eguavoen made it clear that he believes he has given his best to the Nigerian team under  the circumstance he found himself.

“I don’t think it will be fair for anyone to use the loss against Guinea to judge me.  Agreed we lost that game but no coach will line up his team in a bid to lose a very  important game like we did against the Guineans,” he said.

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