Eguavoen was not in charge of Eagles –Udeze


Ex-international, Ifeanyi Udeze, has harped on the need for the Nigeria Football Federation to employ a foreign coach for the Super Eagles, claiming erstwhile coach Austin Eguavoen was not in charge of the team during his three-month reign, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Udeze made this known during his sports programme on Brila FM ‘No holds barred’ on Tuesday morning.

The former PAOK Salonika defender advised that the NFF threw open the application for the vacant job of the Eagles and not appoint a new coach like they did in the past.


The 41-year-old faulted Austin Eguavoen for not having enough guts to stamp his authority on the team and not taking key decisions when it mattered most.

“As much as I want an indigenous coach to be in charge of the Eagles, a foreign coach must be the head,” Udeze said.

“Eguavoen was not fully in charge of the Eagles for the World Cup qualifiers because he had said he invited some players to the team to pacify some individuals at the NFF.

“That showed that he did not take full charge of the team. Those that he tried to pacify then where are they now?


“Some of his decisions during the game (versus Ghana) also didn’t show he had enough information about the opponents he was playing (against).

“I find it very annoying to know that it was an Eagles player that informed the technical crew that the Ghanaian team had switched to a back five at half time when we introduced Abdullahi Shehu.

“We had a creative player in Akinkunmi Amoo who should have been introduced to help the team from the bench but that did not happen.”

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