President of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick says the body is still on the hunt for a new head coach for the Eagles.
Austin Eguavoen was appointed as interim coach but Mr. Pinnick has confirmed in a conversation with Journalists at an event in Lagos that the home based coach’s appointment is short-termed and he may not even lead the Eagles to Cameroon come next month when the Nations Cup kicks off.
“We know Eguavoen can do it, but we also want someone who can do it better. If we are unable to sign him soon, then we will work with the current team. But I am not going to tell you that if we have him signed today, he is not going to lead the team to the AFCON,” Pinnick said.
However, he further stated a condition in which the former Sunshine Stars gaffer can be on board, saying it’s only if he delivers the Afcon title.
“And if Eguavoen wins the Nations Cup, we might have a rethink. In that case, the foreign coach will now become the technical director, while Eguavoen takes the position of technical adviser.” He added.
Eguavoen was appointed for a second stint as the head coach of the Eagles following the sack of Gernot Rhor due to poor performance.
Although Portuguese Jose Peseiro has got the Nigerian media mill whirring around his neck for a while, with the former Venezuelan national team manager demanding some terms and conditions in his contract, it is left to see whether he will come to agreement of personal terms with the NFF or he will join the list of could haves and should haves.
Eagles according to the Sports ministry will begin camping in Abuja although there are talks they could camp in Uyo.