23rd January, 2022
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, and other guests will no longer be allowed in the Super Eagles’ dressing room during half-time breaks.
Austin Eguavoen announced the development at a press conference on Sunday.
He said the decision was taken to prevent the players from losing concentration.
Pinnick was captured in the Super Eagles’ dressing room at halftime against Egypt.
However, Eguavoen noted the intention of Pinnick and other guests was to motivate the players but it will not be allowed in Sunday’s Round of 16 clash against Tunisia.
The coach explained that the half-time break is needed for the players and coaches to discuss tactics.
Eguavoen said, “We talked about timing and I am still talking about it. It’s our culture – motivation is good.
“Guests can have short discussions with the team at the restaurant and not inside the dressing room.
“Against Egypt was the only time when the NFF president and the Air Peace president came to see the team and it was five minutes.
“In the second and third games, no one came to see the team. I don’t think this will happen tomorrow (Sunday).”