Nigeria’s men football team interim coach believes that with the calibre of players at his disposal, the Super Eagles would be able to fight with the finest national teams at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
Eguavoen’s second reign began earlier this month when he took over as manager from Gernot Rohr, who was fired two weeks ago, and the former Gent defender has confessed that he only has a short time to apply his ideology.
Cerezo as he’s fondly called has named three newbies in the Super Eagles AFCON roster for the AFCON 2021 billed to hold next year in Cameroon.
The uncapped trio are John Noble (Enyimba), Kelechi Nwakali (SD Huesca) and Sadiq Umar (Almeria).
The 1994 AFCON winner didn’t change the team that Gernot Rohr left behind as he called to bulk of them for the African showpiece.
Players like Maduka Okoye, Leon Balogun, Troost Ekong, Joe Aribo, Frank Onyeka and Samuel Chukwueze still retained their roster spots.
In an interaction with NFF TV, Eguavoen said :
“There’s a team on ground, I think this team is ready to compete anytime, any day if called upon and yes the time is quite short we all know that because every coach has his own leadership style, his own philosophy
“With the quality of players we have I don’t think we’ll struggle but the only thing is that there won’t be time for any friendlies, that’s when you actually assess your team if they can actually do what you want or what the technical crew wants.
“If there is time to play at least two or three friendly games and then telling them how you want them to operate in departments, individually and collectively in lines then I will say yes but be that as it may we just have to do what we have to do.
“Maybe in training sessions we can tell them how we want them to play and guide them”.
The three time AFCON champions will begin a training camp in Abuja on Wednesday, December 29 in preparation for their hunt for a fourth crown.