Augustine Eguavoen Revealed His Reasons for Resigning.
Augustine Eguavoen, the interim coach of the Super Eagles, has stated why he believes his team did not deserve to lose to Tunisia in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 match.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles were eliminated from the AFCON on Sunday in Garoua, Cameroon, after losing 0-1 to Tunisia.
The North Africans will now face the Burkina Faso Stallions in the quarter-finals in Garoua’s Stade Roumde Adjia.
Eguavoen claimed bad officiating for his team’s elimination from the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon during the post-match press conference.
He emphasized that his team put up a valiant effort.
‘We tried to come back after the Tunisia goal, and we chased the game. But then we got a red card.
‘It was clear that the officiating wasn’t fair,’ the coach said.
He did reveal, though, that he had instructed the players to put the loss behind them as soon as possible and focus on the task at hand in March.
‘I have told the players to pick up and ensure they qualify Nigeria for the World Cup,’ Eguavoen said.
He did say, though, that playing against a tactical team like Tunisia was always difficult, especially when the calling was not fair.
‘I won’t criticise the referee because they are masters of the game, but Alex Iwobi’s red card wasn’t fair. The foul wasn’t an intentional one,’ the coach added.
The Super Eagles will now prepare to face Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup African Zone playoffs in March, while Tunisia will now prepare to face Burkina Faso in the top competition’s quarter finals.
Referees like Ndiaye Maguette are not good for football World at all. People will not enjoy football the way they are supposed to because of this kind of affiliates. It’s to bad, very bad surely.