Just two months before the crucial World Cup playoff against Ghana, Nigeria’s senior national team is without a manager after Augustine Eguavoen quit following the Super Eagles’ humiliating defeat at the African Cup of Nations Round of 16.
On Sunday night, Eguavoen resigned as temporary coach of the Nigerian Super Eagles after they were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Tunisia.
Defeat by the Carthage Eagles in the round of 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations in Garoua led to the retirement of the former international defender.
Eguavoen’s three straight victories over Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau raised expectations that the Super Eagles would cruise to a fourth championship.
The team was knocked out by Tunisia, who had been decimated by a Covid-19 outbreak in their ranks, but they still managed to defeat the continent’s heavyweights, prompting Eguavoen to resign.
Eguavoen declared in a post-match press conference that he is now the temporary coach and technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
As a result, “I will return to my post and enable the NFF (to) make a decision on the next step.”
Gernot Rohr was fired last month and Eguavoen was named temporary coach of the Super Eagles. The team’s group stage performance spurred calls for Eguavoen to be named permanent coach, but the Tunisia defeat has cut the dream short.