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‘Eguavoen Good Replacement For Rohr’ —Esin

‘Eguavoen Good Replacement For Rohr’  —Esin

Former Nigeria international Etim Esin has described Austin Eguavoen as a good replacement for Gernot Rohr.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in a statement on their Facebook page, announced Eguavoen who is currently Technical Director, as the Technical Adviser of the Eagles on an interim basis, thereby ending Rohr’s five-year reign.

Following a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday, it was decided that Eguavoen will work with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach); Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach); Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach); Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer).

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Eguavoen’s former teammates Austin Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal were appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew.

He will now take charge of the team as it begins preparations for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon until the appointment of a substantive Head Coach.

And in an exclusive chat with Completesports.com, Esin posited that Eguavoen’s previous spell with the Eagles will be to his advantage.

“Austin has been there before so it’s nothing wrong so let’s see what will happen. Nigerians were not happy imagine the Super Eagles surrendering a 4-0 lead against Sierra Leone, losing to Central African Republic and drawing Cape Verde at home.

“If we play well and lose or draw it’s a different thing but the standard now is not it and it’s evident Rohr would have to go.

“We should thank Rohr for what he has done for us but let’s give our local coaches a chance. Other African countries are handled by their ex-internationals, teams like Algeria and Senegal and others. If Eguavoen comes in and do the magic so be it, all we want is good result.

Eguavoen led the Eagles to a third-placed finish at the 2006 AFCON in Egypt.

By James Agberebi

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  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    Esin you’re fool for lying to Nigerians, Eguavoen is a failure the man is a serial failure check his records from coaching the cadet teams to the super Eagles ,Etim a junky praising another junky, you guys thinks is funny toying with Nigerians, From Buhari to Pinnick you fools wouldn’t have the last laugh.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    “Eguavoen Good Replacement For Rohr’ —Esin

    If we play well and lose or draw it’s a different thing but the standard now is not it and it’s evident Rohr would have to go.

    Nigerians were not happy imagine the Super Eagles surrendering a 4-0 lead against Sierra Leone, losing to Central African Republic and drawing Cape Verde at home”.

    Well spoken Mr. Esi. This is what I just said to one of the former Oga Rohr followers.

    Since Amunike, Egbo, Marnu Gerba, Peter Rufai, Enyeama and Ikeme already bn ignored then, Eguavoen is good enough to replace Oga Rohr with the exceptions of Salisu Yusuf, Agu and Aigbogun.

    The other people that have to go with Oga Rohr are Amaju, Sheyi, Dico, Agu, Salisu and Aigbogun.

    I am counting on Eguavoen to go and make us proud. I said this last week on here that if NFF think Amunike and co not good enough then Eguavoen is the main man to step in. NFF did just that but with his assistants? No no I would say.

    Can’t wait to see Mr. No nonsense to wow Nigerians in Cameroon. For sure, Super Eagles will play total football under Mr. Eguavoen, he will build confidence and winning mentality as well.

    However, NFF should give Amunike, Egbo, Marnu Gerba, Finidi, Peter Rufai and Ikeme a chance to lead the Super eagles to the world cup in Qatar if Nigeria qualify.

    Algeria coach have warned NFF/Africa about foreign coaches after he won the Afcon title but NFF and other African countries did not listen to him.

    Belmadi won the last Afcon in Egypt while Cisse won the second place and Oga Rohr won the third place, no point to hire a foreign coach to manage Super Eagles because we have our own to do the job.

    I am expecting NFF to fire Amaju and his company and Pinnick/NFF must be probed for wasting tax payers money.

    We don’t need a foreign coach from now on. The new NFF president/new members should have new laws in place. If you are caught doing any atrocity, first, the person will go to prison for five years and the person will pay $10,000 fine and will not represent Nigeria forever.

    We will see that NFF and our own will behave themselves. That is the way to go Nigerians. Ire o. God bless Nigerians/Nigeria!!!

  • Gowetok 3 years ago

    Eguavon plays better football than Rohr. His teams are always very assertive and play with much fluidity and swagger. He also has better match reading ability than Rohr. I’m sure with the sacking of Rohr VM will surely return from retirement and provide the missing link . Also players like Awoyini , Olayinka, Umar Sadiq, Denis have a chance to come into the team fully. I see S.E playing in the AFCON final under the present consortium of coaches. It was right to sack Rohr. The man has no technical depth and is the Reason VM left the team.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Stop it I don’t expect all these illiterate ex internationals to know what is right for the Super eagles. If people like Seyi Olofijana is speaking I will listen not this trash Esin that didn’t even know how to make good decisions with his life. You’re all making comments so you can impose your players on him. Eguavoen is not the right man interim or whatever…. I would have loved to See Amunike or Finidi assisted by Egbo, Manu and Ikeme or Ike. Nigeria as a country is cursed with bad leaders who always end up making bad decisions for the people to suffer. Las las they’ll disband this whole team after the tournament so no qualms.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    And for those saying we have gotten what we want I can feel your naivety because the fact that we want right and they keep giving us wrong makes you feel we were wrong to seek for the rightful thing. My only question is why God will continue watching us to be ruled by evil decision makers. Nigerians have to fast to break this Curse because at this point I’m tired of being a Nigerian honestly speaking.

  • Bobby 3 years ago

    @Gowetok, you’re absolutely right. Nigeria would have qualified to the knock out stage if he was a good tactician. Just lock the midfield and make the Argentines to commit fouls, instead he told the boys to defend deeply and we lost the game. Remove a striker and bring in a defensive-midfielder and that’s it. Some folks here are partially blind and know nothing about football.

  • Oseodion Inegbenebor 3 years ago

    Going by achievements/stats, Eguavoen remians the numero uno amongst his peers. He was always able to read the game and observe players technically and has an established record of discipline. This has given him an acute sense of tactical awareness that helped him develop a successful philosophy that has made him a success when he took the Super Eagles to win bronze in 2006. He now has an opportunity to up that by winning gold in Cameroon.

    With the discontent and disconnect brought about Rohr continuing as SE coach or being sacked, it became clear that a formidable local content arrangement has to come in as emplacement. I will remind us the this is a blessing in disguise which is already acceptable to every Nigerian. It has already been Nigeria first, no one doubts that anyway.

    Our football regulatory body deems it fit to entrust the management of the Super Eagles to 90% ex players who were known successes back in the day. Eguaveon captained the SE at the time it ranked 5th in the World. It shows there is a clear direction.

    With Eguaveon as Technical Director, Salisu Yusuf as Chief Coach, Paul Aigbogun as Assistant Coach, Joseph Yobo as assistant coach, Dr Terry Eguaoje as assistant coach and Aloysius Agu Goalkeeper Trainer, we have a team that can compete and possibly conquer the round leather World.

    Like I always say, let’s be patient while encouraging these present crop that are wholely local content to succeed, let’s see what they offer us in Cameroon and if need be, we would support them to take our SE to the World cup.

    My advice to the SE coaching crew is to hit the ground running.
    God bless Nigeria!

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      Nepotism and Tribalism Kill you there, what has Eguavoen achieved as a coach? You have a big problem honestly speaking because i have only noticed you for supporting mediocrity since you appeared from nowhere to this forum.

  • I just don’t trust Nigerians in Admin roles not Pinnick not Eguaveon not Aigbogun and definitely not salisu…… Nigerians are too sentimental in decision making and they always put personal interest above all……. Rhor’s sacking was due to the Nigerian coaches sorrounding him and you elevate those same coaches and expect magic from them?…….The drama will start from the release of the list of selected players for the Afcon and from that point you guys will understand what am saying……It will be the same thing Rhor was doing if not even worse…….Now it will be a free for all and I am afraid SE is heading for a disaster.

    • Dan Ibey 3 years ago

      Why don’t you trust Eguavoen after all he won bronze without much resources in 2006. Make sure you have facts.

  • Euguavon Have always selected on Merit so i am not worried!. Let us see what happens. We know Rohr he could do No more than what he gave. Euguavon got us to Semi finals in Afcon and 3rd place finish same as Rohr and Eguavon did it with Less talented players at his disposal than what he has now. Let us not castigate him this could be a blessing in disguise Eguwacon believes in European based players so let us see.

    He is also employed on interim basis which means that It is short term. it is normal that we are panicked but there is really no cause for concern Rohr game was predictable his line up was too and his team selection would have ultimately giving us no chance. Let us see my thing is if Nigeria is serious the first cause of action will be to strip Musa and Ekong as captain and vice respectively drop the former and give Wilfred Ndidi the armband with Balogun as vice Captain, Reinstate Vic Moses and give Ema dennis a recall,and Awoniyi and I hope Bassey is given a chance by Euguavon. Look it is simple Rohr was not going to do anything differently + his fall out with Dennis was a big part aswell considering Dennis form it would have been criminal to over look him as he is currently as of today our most inform players..

  • Chris 3 years ago

    These are renowned set of Africans with a mindset to deliver.

    Jay jay Okocha a very good baller and technically sound, fine football juggler, with artistry compared to having the ability to speak to football and it listens. He proved it countless times. Presently offering technical assistance to clubs in Europe.

    Kanu Nwankwo, I can’t forget the Nigeria come back in the semi finals of 1996 olympics coupled with his exploits at club and national level. He won African best play award in rows. He has been preparing himself for the future.

    Eguavoen a football phenomenal and a no nonsense defender of his era, a good captain like no other. The record he left, no other has attained up to this time.

    Terry Eguaoje, the Nigerian Born American Becomes Latest UEFA A Licensed Coach. Nigerian Born American Becomes Latest UEFA A Licensed Coach, Consider Nigeria Job. One time Technical Director of coaching and player development for Pennsylvania West Youth Soccer. And some point, the National instructor and instructor of education for the United States Soccer Federation and US Youth Soccer. He holds a double doctorate degree in organizational leadership and educational leadership. There you have him.
    I could go on.

    • @Oga Chris, please let’s stop alluding ourselves with praises and words and not facts. Jay Jay is technically sound, bla, bla and bla. Yet he hasn’t coached a youth side in any foreign club to show this. The same with Kanu and the rest.
      You are mentioning Terry Eguaoje abi?? But he is cutting his teeth in youth football which is way different than a Senior National team. Those are the facts not praises.

      • These deranged tribalists spend their useful time heaping praises on their tribes men even when In fact they actually never won the Primier league nor were they ever crowned as the African player of any year.These morons want these overhyped underachievers to come down and drag the Super Eagles to the same dustbins that they are destined for. Let’s not forget the fact that though the late Kechi won Afcon 2013, he also dragged the Super Eagles all the way down to 58 position in FIFA ranking. And by the way, when has German football been as attractive as Brazilian football yet Germany humbled Brazil 7 -1 last time they met in a world Cup clash. So, we are very likely to see an entertaining football from our own coaches but get knocked out early.

  • Oseodion Inegbenebor 3 years ago

    @Chima E

    ___Nepotism and Tribalism Kill you there___Is that your best?

    Now listen, Egu as he is foundly called, as a player captained the Super Eagles when Nigeria ranked 5th on Fifa ranking, meaning the 5th best footballing nation in the World. That’s stupendous and towering.

    Eguavoen was the stand-in captain during most of the matches of Tunisia ’94. That was the last time Nigeria won the Nations Cup. Chima E, What will call that if not collosal.

    As coach he also led the Eagles to a bronze medal at the 2006 Nations Cup in Egypt. A feat no living Nigerian of his peer has attained.

    Eguavoen before his recent appointment as the Technical Director of the Super Eagles, was the head of Technical Department of the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF.

    The capability of the Super Eagles coaching team isn’t in question, that’s for a fact. What I would like to see is, Equavoen and co hitting the ground running because they really don’t have much time to dispense of.
    God bless Nigeria!

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      You see another false fact you just gave, Stephen Keshi won us the Afcon on his first try and you’re saying one of Eguavoen’s 8 Bronze medal that Nigeria has won is the best an indigenous coach has ever achieved. Hmmm this same Eguavoen that failed woefully to qualify us for the last Olympic that Samson Siasia Once came Second and 3rd even under severe Financial handicap that he even used his own money to feed players. Eguavoen is another Average coach and can not be classed amongst the great local Coaches. Eguavoen has never won any major trophy he has failed with various teams both local and national team. The result of politics will surely prevail by that time nobody will be taking Nigeria football serious anymore.

      • Nonso 3 years ago

        You wanted change, change is here, still unsatisfied? My brother learn to be patience for the future is pregnant with goodies. The Nff did a good job to have relived Rohr of his job. Now we have an astute, Eguavoen in the saddle.

      • Chima, do you understand simple English sentence? The guy said no other indigenous couch “ALIVE”. Steven kechi is dead, so you sound like an outspoken idiot to mention Kechi because he isn’t alive.

      • George 3 years ago

        @Chima e. Ha ha ha, For anything, Amunike failed with common Tanzania. That can’t be Super Eagles Coach na.

    • Oseodion Inegbenebor 3 years ago

      Correction…. Eguavoen was the stand-in captain during most of the matches of Tunisia ’94. That was one of the times Nigeria won the Nations Cup. Chima E, What will call that if not collosal.

      • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

        @Oseodion Him being Captain of the 94 Eagles doesn’t make him a great Coach. The man has not been successful as a coach at national level and local level with Eyimba. We have sound Local tactical local Coaches examples are Amunike, Boboye, Fidelis, Garba, Sisaone(Banned), and Finidi doing well with Eyimba. So why go for the least choice again???@ Nonso the fact that we seek Excellence doesn’t call for average note the difference.

  • MONKEY POST 3 years ago

    You guys can’t read between the lines..you guys ought to be ashamed. Can’t you see that among all the credible, reputable Nigerian ex inter national and greats, no one came to back this appointment. Only all this low life ex internationals are giving motivational speech.. LMAO!!!who is Esin in the corridors of Nigerian football??

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    Yes o the NFF did a good job relieving Rohr of his duties. Now let’s pitch all our support for the astute Eguavoen. Technically and tactically Eguavoen is the best thing to happen to Nigerian football. I still believe in my SuperEagles no matter what we are coming home with the trophy. Not with the caliber of players we currently have painting Europe red with goals every week. Vamos Arribas SuperEagles!!!!

    • Omo9ja 3 years ago

      Oga Rohr should be weeping by now reading your comment.

      So you knew that Mr. Gernot Rohr has not been the right coach for the Super Eagles over the past five years ęhn Ayo?

      We are all Nigerians and we must do whoever it takes to make Nigeria better now.

      If our own fail to impress, we have to talk so that they can do better.

      You remember you insulted me severally because of this man called Gernot Rohr?

      You need to apologize to Nigeria and I omo9ja and other patriotic Nigerians on this forum.

      Since the days of Kickoffnigeria.com and now on CSN, always opposite each other but in Mr. Eguavoen case, I think we are on the same page for the first time in history, this is absolutely wonderful.

      You are one of the oldest commentators here and I respect you for that.

      If you agree that Eguavoen can do it which I believe so then something unique will happen to Super Eagles soon if NFF can give Mr. No nonsense free hand to do the job.

      You Ayphillydegreat
      Deo and omo9ja are on the same page for the first time ever, wow. This is quite unique and interesting.

      No doubt, Mr. Eguavoen is technically and tactically sound but having Aigbogun, Salisu Yusuf and Agu with coach Eguavoen is not encouraging. That is where I don’t agree with the Nigeria Football Federation.

      For sure, Mr. No nonsense will not tolerate nonsense around him and that will make Salisu Yusuf and Aigbogun more serious than ever. There’s hope in.

      I am expecting something bigger from coach Eguavoen in Cameroon.

      Our indigenous coach has never bn treated well at the national teams and NFF can get it right this time around.

      NFF had never treated our local coach like foriegn coach but that should be in the past if Super Eagles have to win something spectacular going forward from here.

      Our mentality have to be changed. In Africa, we don’t have packaging and we don’t call our local coach, “world class coach” but just because in western world, they have “packaging” for everything.

      The best in the world. The oldest in the world. If they win something locally over there, they will term it world best but here in Africa, hmmm.

      You can’t understand me now my people but just wait and see what Mr. Eguavoen can do if he gets moral support and free hand from NFF.

      What Oga Rohr failed to achieve over the past five years, our own can achieve that in two weeks and take the world by storm in Qatar if given the opportunity.

      Long story short, Africa also needs packaging to show our own they are the best in the world.

      Fellow Nigerians, this is the time to get together and support Mr. Eguavoen.

      I wish our own a successful outing in Cameroon. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Astute indeed time will tell when you all start crying…. You assembled people many of whom did not have a licensed coaching badge to head a team simply because they are ex players, is that how it’s done in other countries? and you said in other to avert disaster.

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