The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF Technical and Development Committee, has decided to retain Augustine Eguavoen as the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, despite the team’s unexpected exit at the Africa Cup of Nations, (AFCON) 2021 tournament.
This is confirmed in a statement issued by the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi on Monday.
It is clearly stated in the release that, while Eguavoen remains the interim Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, “Emmanuel Amuneke becomes the Chief Coach,” despite the interest shown in the team by a Portuguese coach, Jose Peseiro.
NFF had earlier considered Jose Peseiro for the position of the Super Eagles coach before a sudden turnaround.
Consequently, NFF through its General Secretary, issued a statement spelling out the new adjustments made for the Super Eagles technical crew.
“The NFF Board has approved a recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee retaining Augustine Eguavoen as Technical Director/Technical Adviser (interim) while Emmanuel Amuneke becomes the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles.”
“Salisu Yusuf will be the 2nd Assistant Coach/Chief Coach of the CHAN team, and Joseph Yobo will be 3rd Assistant while Aloysius Agu remains the Goalkeepers’ Trainer.”
“We acknowledge and appreciate the interest that Mr. Jose Peseiro has shown in Nigeria Football, during our very cordial discussions and have absolutely no doubt about his capacity.”
“We believe that perhaps in the future, there could be an opportunity to work with him.”
“However, in view of the positive performance of the Super Eagles at the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations, which has given hope to Nigerians and boosted our confidence in the present coaching crew to qualify us for the World Cup in Qatar, we have decided to accept the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee to retain the Eguavoen-led coaching crew and strengthen it with the addition of Emmanuel Amuneke.”
The new technical crew is therefore, in top gear, preparing the team for Qatar 21 World Cup qualifier match against the Black Stars of Ghana; the match which is scheduled for next month, March 2022.