Eguavoen promises support to Eagles’ incoming coach
Okoye has been criticized by football fans for the goal that eliminated the Eagles from the competition, but Omeruo said the Netherlands-based goalkee
On - Thursday, January 27, 2022
Coach Augustine Eguavoen has promised to support the team’s incoming manager as the country seeks to qualify for Qatar 2022 World Cup. Nigeria will meet Ghana in a two-leg play-off in March for one of Africa’s five tickets to the World Cup. The first leg of the qualifier will hold in Ghana while Nigeria will host the decisive leg.
“We have to sit down together and map out strategies. We need to give him the platform; we have already prepared the team for 80 to 90 percent. “He just has to add his own style and leadership. We would support him with everything because the country comes first,”Eguavoen said. MEANWHILE, Super Eagles’ defender, Kenneth Omeruo, has absolved goalkeeper Maduka Okoye of blame for Nigeria’s elimination in the round of 16 by Tunisia. Okoye has been criticized by football fans for the goal that eliminated the Eagles from the competition, but Omeruo said the Netherlands-based goalkeeper should not be singled out for the country’s failure. Omeruo, who said Okoye has been disconsolate since the country’s elimination from AFCON, added: “He is not feeling fine right now, but you know, I said to him ‘Listen, you’ve been amazing. It’s been a good tournament for you.
“Anybody can be beaten by that goal. It’s a good strike and also it wasn’t a clear situation, because (we) the defenders were in front of him as well, so that would distract his view. “I wouldn’t say that goal was his fault at all.”The Leganes of Spain defender said the failure in Cameroun has given the players food for thought, adding that they would reconvene for the World Cup qualifier more determined to succeed than ever.