Austin Eguavoen, the temporary coach of the Super Eagles, has been named the Best Manager of the Group Stage games at the ongoing African Cup of Nations TotalEnergiesAFCON in Cameroon, before of their Round of 16 match against Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles.
Many Nigerians praised Eguavoen for taking the Super Eagles to the second round of the tournament, securing nine out of a possible nine points in Group D.
Nigeria was the only side to pass through the group stage with such fantastic results, defeating Egypt (0-1), Sudan (3-1) and Guinea-Bissau (2-0).
The feat was first and last accomplished by Eguavoen as the Eagles’ manager in the 2006 Nations Cup.
Meanwhile, following his successful run, the gaffer has been linked with a permanent position as manager of the three-time AFCON champions.
His suave, tactical, and technical acumen must have endeared him to the NFF, since he is now being considered for re-employment.
Remember that the NFF had previously appointed Jose Paseiro to lead the team after the AFCON; however, it is unclear whether the football governing body would agree to the Portuguese’s deal, as he has not been seen in Cameroon.
The former Venezuela manager was expected to be an observer at the continental extravaganza in order to better monitor and master the team.
Recall that as the NFF’s Technical Director, Cerezo, as he is affectionately known, was drafted in to lead the squad when Coach Gernot Rohr was fired in December.
According to reports, he may reprise his previous role in the NFF’s next new package.
Nigeria and Tunisia will meet in the round of 16 on Sunday, January 23rd at 8 p.m. at the Roumdé Adjia Staduim in Garoua.