Following the knockout of the Super Eagles of Nigeria from the 2022 Qatar World Cup Augustine Eguavoen who is the interim head coach of the Nigeria senior team has stepped down as Nigeria’s boss of the team. Nigeria was eliminated on the away goals rule following a 1-1 draw with Ghana in Abuja in the second leg of their play-off on Tuesday.
Augustine Eguavoen Resigns as Nigeria’s Interim Coach
56-year-old Augustine Eguavoen was placed in interim charge of the side in December following the sacking of long-serving coach Gernot Rohr. He helped the team to the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations this year and was then tasked with reaching the World Cup finals in Qatar.
Nigeria’s exit at the hands of their fierce West African rivals was met by an angry reaction from home supporters, who destroyed many properties in the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja. The fans were clamoring for the back of the manager and the resignation of the Football Federation.
The former Nigeria international who had two previous spells in charge of the national side is expected to return to his position as technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Meanwhile, the rest of the Super Eagles coaching staff has been dismissed, and offers of two-and-a-half-year contracts have been withdrawn.
Emmanuel Amuneke, Joseph Yobo, and Salisu Yusuf had joined Eguavoen’s backroom staff last month, with Aloysius Agu retained as goalkeeping coach. NFF general secretary Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said: “We thank the coaches and team officials for their service to the nation and wish them success in their future endeavors.”
A statement from the NFF said a new management team would be announced “after a proper review” and would be charged with “reinvigorating the Super Eagles to face future challenges appropriately”.8