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Coach Augustine Eguavoen Quits After Super Eagles’ Afcon Loss



The Nigerian national team’s temporary coach, Augustine Eguavoen, has resigned following the Super Eagles’ 1-0 round-of-16 loss to Tunisia in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Eguavoen took charge after Gernot Rohr was sacked last month. The NFF announced Jose Peseiro as the new permanent coach before the commencement of the AFCON.

In a row, Eguavoen guided the three-time champions to victories against Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau.

However, they were eliminated in the final stages by a Tunisian squad suffering from COVID.

“What happens next is that I become the Nigeria Football Federation’s temporary coach and technical director” (NFF).

Tunisia upset 10-man Nigeria to set up a quarter-final tie against Burkina Faso at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Youssef Msakni beat Super Eagles keeper Maduka Okoye with a long-range effort two minutes into the second half.

Nigeria’s task was made harder when Alex Iwobi was sent off following a video assistant referee review.

The West Africans were the only side to win all three group games in Cameroon, but were largely subdued against a Tunisia side hit by Covid-19.

Nigeria forward Umar Sadiq fired across goal and wide in injury time after Moses Simon had earlier had an effort blocked by Bechir Ben Said.

Tunisia, Nations Cup winners in 2004, will face Burkina Faso in the last eight on Saturday, 29 January.

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