Former Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen has been appointed the interim manager of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
The former captain of the national team will replace German tactician Gernot Rhor who was sacked.
The appointment according to reports is on an interim basis as Eguavoen’s second stint as Eagles’ head coach will begin with preparations for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon 9th January – 6th February 2022, until the appointment of a substantive Head Coach.
The Nigerian will be working alongside former captains Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal as the trio have all been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew led by Eguavoen.
The backroom staff will include;
Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach); Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach); Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach); Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer).
Eguavoen, a former Nigeria captain, was coach of the squad when the Super Eagles won bronze at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in 2006. He was on-field captain when the Super Eagles lifted their second AFCON title in 1994 in Tunisia 27 years ago.
Gernot Rhor’s exit sees him become the longest serving manager the Eagles ever had as the German coached Nigeria 54 times winning 28 alongside 13 draws and 13 losses qualifying Nigeria for 2 AFCON tournaments and a World Cup finals.
Eguavoen’s last coaching stint was in 2017 when he managed Sunshine Stars.