The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has retained Austin Eguavoen as the interim manager of the national football team.

Prior to the appointment of Eguavoen, the NFF had made an agreement to appoint Portuguese Jose Peseiro as a replacement for Gernot Rohr, whose contract was terminated before the start of AFCON last month.

The decision to appoint Peseiro had also been announced far back as December 2021, but will hold no sway. This is according to the General Secretary of NFF – Mohammed Sanusi, who released a statement to the press.

Sanusi also explained that the u-turn was as a result of a recommendation from the technical and development committee.

Other appointees are Emmanuel Ammunike, who will serve as assistant coach alongside Salisu Yusuf. Joseph Yobo was also appointed as third assistant coach, while Aloysius Agu the goalkeepers’ trainer.

“The NFF Board has approved a recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee retaining Augustine Eguavoen as Technical Director/Technical Adviser (interim) while Emmanuel Amuneke becomes the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles. Salisu Yusuf will be the 2nd Assistant Coach/Chief Coach of the CHAN team and Joseph Yobo will be 3rd Assistant while Aloysius Agu remains the Goalkeepers’ Trainer,” the statement reads.

“We acknowledge and appreciate the interest that Mr Jose Peseiro has shown in Nigeria Football during our very cordial discussions and have absolutely no doubt about his capacity. We believe that perhaps in the future, there could be an opportunity to work with him.

“However, in view of the positive performance of the Super Eagles at the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations which has given hope to Nigerians and boosted our confidence in the present coaching crew to qualify us for the World Cup in Qatar, we have decided to accept the recommendation of the Technical and Development Committee to retain the Eguavoen-led coaching crew and strengthen it with the addition of Emmanuel Amuneke.”

A comprehensive list of roles taken up is shown below;

Augustine Eguavoen – Technical director/technical adviser (interim)
Emmanuel Amuneke – Chief coach/first assistant
Salisu Yusuf – Second assistant/chief coach, CHAN
Joseph Yobo – Third assistant
Aloysius Agu – Goalkeepers’ trainer

Austin Eguavoen’s extended stay as interim coach now means he will be in charge for the Super Eagles World Cup Qualifier against Ghana in March.

Victory in the tie will see Nigeria qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup slated to hold in Qatar.

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