Super Eagles interim coach Augustine Eguavoen has abdicated the role as the gaffer of the Nigerian national team following the team’s exit from the African Cup Of Nations on Sunday night.
The Super Eagles bowed out of the continental showpiece after going down 1-0 to the Eagles of Carthage of Tunisia at the Stade Roumdé Adija, Garoua in Cameroon.
Youssef Msakni’s 47th minute goal from 25 yards out was enough to send the Eagles packing from the tournament.
Speaking during the post-match press conference, Eguavoen declared that he has decided to return to his role as the Technical Director of the NFF.
“What happens next is that; I’m the interim coach and Technical Director of the NFF, I will go back to my position and allow the Federation make a decision on the way forward.” Eguavoen said.
Nigeria were the only side to have picked nine points in the group stage having earned victories against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau while Tunisia walked into the knockouts on thin ropes as they were one of the tournament’s best losers.
However, a sub-par Eagles reduced to 10 men at some point could not display a show similar to their Group stage heroics and antics.
Attentions have now been turned to the all-important World Cup qualifying two-legged playoff between the Super Eagles and the Black Stars of Ghana in March this year and Austin Eguavoen said he has charged the boys to ensure they book the ticket to the Mundial in Qatar.
Austin Eguavoen took over as an interim coach following the sacking of former manager Gernot Rhor early December last year and it was then said that after the tournament, he will leave the position for the new manager appointed.
A foreign coach in Jose Peseiro was named to go to Cameroon as an observer and take over after Cameroon’21.
However, following the group stage exploits of Eguavoen, the NFF have declared that Jose Peseiro isn’t stamped yet as Nigeria’s new coach raising the possibility that Austin Eguavoen could take Nigeria to the World Cup.
As things stand, Eguavoen has left the role but a clarification needs to come from the NFF as to who will hold reins come March.