Dare Congratulates Record Breaker Augustine Eguaveon

January, 20 2022.

By Wale Ajayi.

Super Eagles head coach Augustine Eguaveon made history as the only Nigerian coach that has guided the Nigerian men to National football team, through the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations without dropping a point.

At the 2006 AFCON played in Egypt, The Super Eagles under ‘Cerezo’ defeated Ghana 1-0 in the opening game, edged Zimbabwe 2-0 in the second game and recorded a 2-1 win over the Teranga Lions of Senegal in their third game.

16 years after, the 56 year old former Super Eagles Captain has returned on interim capacity, to lead the team through another tough qualifying group that has seven times champions Egypt, 1970 champions Sudan and Equatorial Guinea, a Nation that is fast becoming one of the giant killers in African football.

These achievements have not gone unnoticed by football fans, especially the minister of Youth and Sports development, Sunday Dare, who has been at the forefront of the campaign for Nigerian coaches and ex internationals to be considered for National team appointments and opportunities.

The choice of Augustine Eguaveon came just three weeks to the start of the continental football Fiesta. The Nigeria football federation had to take a quick but decisive action after the sack of Franco/German tactician Gernot Rohr and Eguaveon only emerged as interim caretaker coach after a meeting between NFF president Amaju Pinnick and Sunday Dare.

Both men agreed at that meeting that there was need to urgently fill the vacancy created by the exit of Rohr and Augustine Eguaveon who was at that time the director technical in the football house, was most qualified to do the job.

Today, Dare is happy that they have not taken the wrong decision.

So far, Eguaveon has won all three matches played at the Nations Cup, with his team scoring six goals and conceding just one in the process.

Added to these, is that enviable feet of leading Nigeria through the group stages of the AFCON without dropping a point. No foreign coach came so close since 1965.

In 2006 when the Super Eagles first achieved this feet, they went on to win the bronze medal. This time, Dare is hoping that Eguaveon and the boys will set their sights on the ultimate prize.

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