Former Super Eagles Coach, Augustine Eguavoen, has for now ruled out the possibility of his return as coach of the country’s national football team.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES in Lagos on Tuesday, Eguaveon said although he ranked top among the indigenous coaches the country can boast of, he had other things to pursue at the moment.
“For the Eagles’ job right now, I don’t think I am interested… you know why? I am trying to leave the country again to go and better myself,” he said. “I will say before you count three coaches in the country today, I am one of the very knowledgeable ones.
“I know that for sure but the reason I am not being called back to the national teams I don’t know. But as they say a coach is as good as his last game so I will like to put my house in order first and when I am coming back, I am coming back big. For now, leave the Eagles’ job out,” the towering former defender popularly referred to as Cerezo during his playing days, declared.
While the Nigeria Football Federation has said it would disclose names of shortlisted candidates for the coaching job on Friday, Eguavoen warned against unnecessary delays as World Cup qualifiers is already knocking on the door.
“Whichever one the NFF settles for, I will be fine with it. But you know right now Siasia is doing very well, given the opportunity maybe he will be better and if they (NFF) want to settle for a foreign coach, then they should do that as fast as possible because there is no time on our side,” Eguavoen concluded.
The Nigerian national team have been without a substantive coach since Sunday Oliseh resigned after the 2016 African Nations Championship in Rwanda.
Coach Salisu Yusuf has been in charge of the Eagles in an interim capacity, with the duo of Rangers International coach, Imama Amapakabo, and Abia Warriors manager, Kennedy Boboye, assisting for the recent games against Mali and Luxembourg.