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Eguavoen: Super Eagles Deserves World Cup Spot Than Ghana

Eguavoen: Super Eagles Deserves World Cup Spot Than Ghana

Nigeria interim technical adviser Austine Eguavoen insists the Super Eagles deserve a place at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar than their perennial rivals Ghana, reports Completesports.com.

The two West African giants will clash in the playoff later this month.

The first leg will take place at the Cape Coast Stadium on March 25, with the reverse fixture to be staged at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja four days later.

Eguavoen believes the Super Eagles are in a better position to qualify for the World Cup than their rivals.

“There is no doubt in my mind. I am a Nigerian, a full-blooded Nigerian, and if you asked me such a question, I think, without missing words, we deserve a place at the World Cup,” he told Ghanasportspagea.

Despite being confident in his side, the former defender is expecting a tough duel between both teams.
“It’s going to be a very tough game and a tight one as well,” Eguavoen added.

“We have a lot of mutual respect for one another, and when Ghana plays Nigeria and Nigeria plays Ghana, it’s always tough, it’s always tight. But you see, it’s going to boil down to us trying to go there (Ghana).

“We will play everything we can to try to win the game, in fact, both games, but with no disrespect because Ghana is a very strong side, individually and collectively. We will just go and fight and try to win the game.”

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  • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

    LMFAO!!! MR PARROT is at it again!!! LMFAO!!!!!!!

    LMFAO!!So the ghanian coach is a half blooded ghanian. LMFAO!!

    • Harlyis 2 years ago

      Apart from being pained that your own accepted office assistant job in the team, it is obvious your loyalty belongs eslwhere and not to Nigeria. Where you expecting the Nigeria Technical Adviser to tell you his opponent deserves to be in the WC? An Adviser who knows his onions won’t toe that line. What I would like to hear from Eguavoen on the coming days is the list of invited players. Otto Addo of Ghana is expected to release his list today.

      • Monday 2 years ago

        Ha ha ha ha, it’s not easy to be the most populous black nation’s technical Adviser. Okoro is bitter and needs to be ignored.

      • Timothy Okon 2 years ago

        @Harlyis: Such comment is not unexpected from the sadbeast. Can’t you see it is Eguavoen’s name printed everywhere? Maybe the coach should’ve said Ghana deserves to win. LMFAO!!!

      • Dr Banks 2 years ago

        What did the boasting and too much talk resulted to at AFCON? R-16 elimination ……………..ia alright continue!!!

  • JimmyBall 2 years ago

    What is Eguaveon saying… We show ourselves more deserving by qualifying not by thinking we deserve it more. The secret to us going past Ghana will lie in our ability to execute a clean and solid defensive game… Defence will be the key to hoist us above Ghana to Qatar… goals won’t be plenty over the two legs and it will be extremely narrow!

    • Hanssy 2 years ago

      All that you said is noted. Here is ‘my’ Super Eagles 28-man list after arrived at after an extensive delibetation:

      Keepers: Uzoho, Akpeyi, Okoye and Yakubu.

      Defenders: Ekong, Balogun, Omerua, Aina, Zaidu and Collins.

      Midfielders: Etebo, Aribo, Olise, Amoo, Ndidi, Iwobi and Eze(if available)

      Wingers: V.Moses, Moses S., Bazee, Chukwueze, Ejuke and Lookman

      Strikers: Odion, Awoniyi, Osimhen, Dennis and Desser.

      • @Hanssy my man did you know that Bassey is currently more relied upon than Balogun in Rangers FC. When i see a defence line up from fans and not see Bassey name there I wonder to myself Do you even watch ball???. then you have Amoo and not Victor Moses??? there and. you also leave out Onyeka.. With Ghana Cerezo will need to anchor that Midfield better Etebo is not fully fit yet lets see how much game time he gets from now till then Desser is not scoring off late maybe take an extra Midfielder and 1 less attacker.But Calvin Bassey @Hanssy i suggest you do yourself a favour and watch him play.

  • Sugar Daddy 2 years ago

    It’s appalling how easily you picked at the Nigerian coach at every opportunity. Your mentality is skewed wrongly already against him. I think, with due respect, to change this attitude. It’s derogatory remarks.

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    Talk less and work hard and finish the job on the pitch.

    I don’t believe in blabbing but in action period.

    For me, the list of the players you will invite to camp will definitely determine the world cup qualifiers against Ghana.

    I love you so much coach Eguavoen but if you don’t improve on your tactics, inviting players on merit and know your value when you are dealing with the NFF, I will turn my back. I did that during Oga Rohr’s time and I won’t hesitate to do that again because I am representing Nigeria not the coaches. That is it. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Ayofe 2 years ago

      You people always allow CS to play on your intelligence.where in the story does the coach mentioned that Nigeria deserved to qualify.I believe so much that the bunch people we have here understands simple English. Please read well and apply common sense to your comments here.

  • Hmmmmm. Super Eagles Deserves World Cup Spot Than Ghana?? How? Why? On what basis? On what rationale?
    This statement from Eguaveon doesn’t make any sense at all. Deserving WC spot more than Ghana is not something verbal neither is it all about affirmations. It is not something Eguaveon can prove through talking, argument, debate or sentiments.

    Super Eagles, Eguaveon and the other members of the coaching crew can only show they deserve WC spot more than Ghana in the field of play. In essence, instead of using mouth, Eguaveon and Co needs to bend down and do a good job that will ensure our players go all out to prove we actually deserve the WC spot more than Ghana

  • Ayofe 2 years ago

    You people always allow CS to play on your intelligence.where in the story does the coach mentioned that Nigeria deserved to qualify.I believe so much that the bunch people we have here understands simple English. Please read well and apply common sense to your comments here.

  • Gabriel 2 years ago

    What’s the argument again? I had to read the write-up again. Were we(if the above comment is not a monologue) supposed to say the black stars of Ghana deserve to be at the World cup at SE expense? I can’t see what the Technical Adviser said differently or this is just pure bile? Guy abi na guys, cure yourselves because Cerezo holds the bread and butter and every other persons are already serving under him, that can’t be changed.

  • Mutum 2 years ago


  • Xhuxhu 2 years ago

    Oya let the game begin..let’s brainstorm on the possible call ups..For me based on current form, here are mine 24
    Goalkeepers-Uzoho, Maduka, Akpeyi
    Defenders-Bassey, Semi Ajayi, Omeruo, Ekong, Aina, Sanusi, Collins, Awaziem.
    Midfielders-Ndidi, Onyeka, Aribo, Bonke, Olise( if he has agreed to switch) Iwobi, Etebo.
    Attackers Osimhen, Lookman, Sadiq, Iheanacho, Chukwueze, Simon, Onuachu..
    Let’s brainstorm with facts and not name calling please…I come in peace!

    • I am sure SE is not qualifying. Nigeria needs to learn a bitter lesson.

    • Diran 2 years ago

      Iwobi is ruled out due to red card in game against Tunisia at last AFCON

  • Presh 2 years ago

    Cerezo. Hmmmmm . Even my Apple phone can spell your name before I finish typing. Talk less. Please. My candid opinion.

  • @Hanssy, what about your 1st 11?

  • Hanssy 2 years ago

    Remi, My Team A:

    Keeper: Uzoho

    Defenders: Ekong, Balogun, Zaidu, Aina

    Midfield: Aribo, Etebo and Amoo

    Forwards: Odion, Osimhen, Lookman.

    Those are the tested and trusted SE players so far.

    • Hmm…can’t believe Indidi and Moses Simon are not in your fist team against Ghana…wow!
      And get this on mind ..Iwobi is still the best offensive midfielder we have untill Olise or Eze agree to be part of the team.

      • @Sean Leave this @Hanssy guy he knows nothing about ball. So Amoo is tested and trusted SE player?? Lol!! Ndidi the best CDM in the world is not on your list @Hanssy. You seem to be also missing Dennis. And another big if not calamitious one you leave out the Best defender from Nigeria in the world currently on Form Calvin Bassey. Lol!! nawa oo. Aina has not kicked a ball since Afcon for his club (not to mention his mistake against Tunisia was our undoing in AFCON) but still he is there ahead of the likes of BASSEY!! Chai!

      • Hanssy 2 years ago

        Sean: Moses will sub Lookman in 2nd half.

  • Only God will save us from all these emergency coaches now controlling Super Eagles’ affairs. Do they even listen to what they say? How unprofessional can somebody be?##

  • Ralph 2 years ago

    That is a misleading heading.
    However, individually, only few team in Africa can boast of such players as Nigeria, but collectively as a team? even you cannot put your money on it that Nigeria will qualify against even a Gambia or Burkinafaso team, not to talk of Ghana who are always possessed when playing Nigeria.

  • Omoba Greg 2 years ago


    I know you included Uzoho because of federal character but sincerely speaking, Adeleye is better. Click.


    • My Gawd! See goal keeping!

    • pompei 2 years ago

      The guy can rush out ehn! Ahn ahn! Abi dem send am message say make e go buy ewa agoyin?
      See 1:37. Wetin em dey find for there? He has no business being so high upfield!
      Rushing out of his box to do jobs that are meant for his center backs and full backs. Against a quality opponent, that could be calamitous.
      He needs to tone that down.
      Apart from that, he has good ball handling, distributes the ball well, good positioning in goal which allows him to make saves, and he is good at dealing with crosses into the box.

      • Dr Banks 2 years ago

        Guys you should stop judging from Video clips footage, no player’s agent will put out the calamitous part of his performance on the video, did you see any goal conceded on this video?

        Please be warned and stop hyping these guys, let the coaches do their job

        • Igbekun Abo 2 years ago

          Right again, BrodaDoc Bankie! Oil of wisdom no go leave your head.
          No be the same Adeleye come dey chop bench like Akara for Israel so? See life of these fans with rotten teeth. Armchair pundits will write epistle to criticize Okoye when in fact he is Nigeria’s best goalkeeper anywhere. Make dem support Ghana if Okoye dey post, who send them. Lolzzzz

        • MONKEY POST 2 years ago

          I tell you @Dr Banks. If they should bring out the edited video of Okoye ehn…all those talk that he is not good will end.

  • Eagles Fan 2 years ago

    Apart from the cheap goal he conceded against Tunisia in Afcon21, I tell you Adeleye on the bench is 100x better than Maduka Okoye who is busy conceding 26 goals in 19 matches for rotterdam. Adeleye is a good addition to sub Uzoho or Akpeyi in the match against Ghana.

    • Salami Abdul. 2 years ago

      Eagles Fan, I dey tell u, they never know the coaches dem are playing top politics with their players. Just tell me why Adeleye hasn’t been in the team. SUBSTITUTE FOR WETIN??? HE SHOULD BE SUPER EAGLES FIRST CHOICE GOAL KEEPER. @Omoba Greg, thanks for the clip.

    • Dr Banks 2 years ago

      Do you know that currently Adeleye is no longer the no 1 GK in his club? He has been relegated to no 2 position in his team’s last 3 matches

      • Kunle 2 years ago

        Let’s forget about tribalism as what is important is to see Nigeria’s qualification. Adeleye is swift and agile. Adeleye on the bench is lot better than Basket Maduka Okoye.

  • Iordye 2 years ago

    Hmmm!! Eguavoen trying to talk tough here, truth be told Ghana is clearly the underdogs in this one but not to be underestimated. I think a lot depends on our goalkeeping department if we must qualify because it is obviously the weak link in the team. No goalkeeper in that team seem convincing enough so let work on that before the deal day.

  • I will go with @Hanssy first 11 list above based on current form.

  • Mutum 2 years ago

    @ hanssy,take am easy,so if u be coache,u go play Amoo against Ghana,etebo wen just the return from injury,balogun wen dey prone to injuries and calmity? Bros well-done oooooo! U even left out Ndidi!! Wash ur eye with water and re read wetin u been type here…sleep dey ur eye

    • Hanssy 2 years ago

      Why won’t I play Amoo? This is for Super Eagles coach. Amoo.


      • @Hanssy Amoo has not featured for his Danish club FC Copenhagen since the Switch. He has a lot to do to prove himself he is not of the level of our current wingers yet. You think the pressure and games these guys i.e. Chukwueze, Lookman Dennis is meaningless and moimoi. Abeg how many times must we say what are swedish clubs doin in european competitions?… Even Randers the champions of Dnemark where Amoo just moved were played like children against Lookman and Ndidi’s Leicester City and were walloped 7-1 on aggregate my bro chill out.

      • Olusegun.B. 2 years ago

        Amoo needs to be in this team and I wonder why Eguavon is avoiding him . Same as Cyriel Dessers

  • @Hanssy is spot on….Does club really matters? Vincent Ababoucar, the highest goal scorer, Afcon21, plays in Saudi league and don’t forget we had MoSalah of Liverpool in that tourney. One good thing that makes Amoo’s addition very important now is that besides being mobile and confident, he can switch play from the flanks to the midfield. He’s an asset to coach Eguavoen.
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs are already queuing up for Akinkunmi Amoo but they may have to wait for him to regularize his work permit.

    The below clip is as recent as Dec.


  • Yusuf 2 years ago

    Please NFF Nigeria coach. All departments. Kindly check on akinkunmi Amoo. Abeg. Abeg abeg

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