Eguavoen: Lukman was right to take penalty

Nigeria’s Olympic Football team coach, Austin Eguavoen (pictured left) has stood to the defence of his captain, Lukman Haruna as he blasted wide a penalty towards the end of Saturday’s match between Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

There was a short argument between Haruna and Nmamdi Oduamadi over who would take the 81st minute penalty after Martin Miko Obono handled the ball in the eighteen yard in a bid to stop Oduamadi who had rounded him off.

That would have been Nigeria’s fifth goal at the time if Lukman had scored.

Reacting to the short but obvious argument between Oduamadi and Haruna, Eguavoen absolved his captain of any blame insisting that he was in order as the team has shortlisted penalty takers.

“Yes I observed the short argument but as a team we already have penalty takers. If Lukman is not on the pitch, it falls on Odion Igalo and if Odion is absent Nosa Igiebor has the duty and that is it. So if any player was arguing over who takes the kick then we will handle that in the locker room,” Eguavoen told

“These argument happen everywhere in football but it is something that can be sorted out in the locker room so it is not something that should be discussed freely in the media.”

Nigeria eventually won the game 5-0 and have the second leg coming up in two weeks.
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