Super Eagles’ interim coach Austin Eguavoen has played down beliefs of him seeking a personal glory at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The 56-year old replied ACL Sports journalist Fisayo Dairo at a media briefing that the whole team will work hard together to ensure they return to Nigeria with the fourth Afcon title.
“It’s a joyful thing for any coach to win a tournament and in this situation, if we win it, glory be to God but we will work hard to make sure we win it.
“But like I said earlier on, it is going to be game by game. It is not by the individual, it is about the team, it is about the country,” Eguavoen said.
It should be recalled that an official of the NFF whose identity wasn’t revealed once said they’re rooting for the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars manager to win the title so as to prove a point that local coaches can get the job done.
Eguavoen who is the only Nigerian coach to have won all group stage games at the Afcon further added that he isn’t looking at becoming the first man alive to win the Nations Cup as a player and as a coach.
“I’m not looking at personal glory to say I’m gonna be the coach alive to have won the Nations Cup as a player and as a coach, No.
“I’m looking at what I can do to my country and live a legacy. It’s not by individual, it is a collective thing,” he concluded.
Eguavoen had achieved the feat during his first stint with the Eagles in Ghana 2006 where he defeated Ghana, Zimbabwe and Senegal en route a third place finish.
Eguavoen will begin his duties later today when Nigeria take on Egypt by 5pm at the 30,000 – capacity Stade Roumdé Adija, Garoua.