Who is Super Eagles interim coach Austin Eguavoen?


The Nigerian Football Federation announced on Sunday that Austin Eguavoen will replace Gernot Rohr as interim Super Eagles coach.

The announcement ended Rohr’s five-year stay in the West African nation and Eguavoen has returned to his post in 2010 after Lars Lagerback left in 2010.

The 56-year-old is expected to work alongside Salisu Yusuf (head coach), Paul Aigbogun (assistant coach), Joseph Yobo (assistant coach), Dr Terry Eguaoje (assistant coach) and Alloy Agu (goalkeeper coach).

He recently coached the Super Eagles at home for an international friendly against Mexico in California where they lost 4-0.

Who is Eguavoen?

The Delta-born coach is a retired defenseman who played for the Super Eagles and has played in Belgium, Russia, Spain, Malta and the United States of America.

He started his career at the African Continental Bank Football Club in Lagos in 1985 before moving to Ghent where he spent four years. He continued his adventure in Belgium with a stint at KV Kortrijk in 1990 and spent four more years there.

In 1994, he was the captain who lifted the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia after Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1. He was also part of Clemens Westerhof’s squad which made the country’s first appearance at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Eguavoen ended his international career at the age of 32 after playing Nigeria’s last group game at the 1998 World Cup, which ended in a 3-1 loss to Paraguay.

He ended his playing career in 2001 after brief stints at Sacramento Scorpions, Torpedo Moscow and Sliema Wanderers.

Which teams has Eguavoen coached?

The 56-year-old immediately moved to the dugout after his playing career in Malta ended. He started his coaching career with Sliema Wanderers and has managed the affairs of several clubs in Nigeria.

After a year in Sliema, Eguavoen briefly held the coaching position at Bendel Insurance before being appointed Nigeria U20.

His stint with the youth team between 2002 and 2003, heralded his promotion to Super Eagles head coach in 2005 where he worked alongside former teammates Samson Siasia, Ike Shorunmu and Daniel Amokachi.

The first stint ended in 2007 and he moved to South Africa a year later to join Black Leopards for a short period.

The former Super Eagles defender became manager of Enyimba for the 2008-09 season before being called up by the NFF to succeed Lars Lagerback in June 2010.

A few months later he was appointed Nigeria U23 coach but they failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, forcing him to resign in December 2011.

He then made several stints with clubs in the Nigerian League between 2013 and 2017, including Sharks FC, COD United, Bendel Insurance, Gombe United and Sunshine Stars.

How many trophies has Eguavoen won?

The ex-Nigerian international may have had a nomadic coaching career, but he has few laurels to show throughout his stay.

In 2009, he helped Enyimba to finish third in the Nigerian top flight and he won the Federation Cup.

In the meantime, it remains to be seen whether Eguavoen will lead the Super Eagles to Afcon in Cameroon which starts on January 9, but he will oversee the team’s preparations.


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