World Cup Miss: Eguavoen Resigns As Super Eagles Coach, NFF Sacks Technical Crew
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that Austin Eguavoen has stepped down from his role as the technical adviser of the Super Eagles.
Austin Eguavoen Resigns As Super Eagles Coach
Eguavoen’s resignation comes after the Super Eagles crashed out of the race to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after drawing 1-1 with the Black Stars of Ghana and losing on aggregate at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
The outcome of the match sparked outrage among Nigerians with some angry fans vandalizing the Abuja stadium in protest of the Super Eagles’ failure to qualify for the World Cup.
In a statement on Thursday, March 31, the NFF announced that Eguavoen has vacated the position “with immediate effect” following his failure to lead the team to the World Cup in Qatar.
The federation also announced the withdrawal of the “two-and-half years contract offered the coaches” and the termination of “the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect.”
The statement reads, “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.
“The NFF has, in the meantime, withdrawn the two-and-half years’ contract offered the coaches and terminated the appointment of the entire technical crew of the team with immediate effect.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.
“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 development comes two months after NFF dumped Portuguese tactician, Jose Peseiro, and appointed Austin Eguavoen following his performance at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.