Eguavoen apologises, take responsibility


Coach of Nigeria’s U-23 team Austin Eguavoen has apologized to Nigerians on behalf of his team following the Olympic Eagles inability to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

Eguavoen has also asked Nigerians to hold him responsible noting that he got all the backing from the Nigeria Football Federation for the tournament.

“First of all football has given me what I have today. I thank every Nigerian, I thank every journalist, the Football Federation for being there for me and giving me all the support needed for this tournament,” Eguavoen affirmed.

He added that “We came into this tournament prepared. Losing Kingsley Udoh in the first game, just three minutes was a big blow. Our first half against Senegal was awful but we were in our best against a very technical Algeria but unfortunately we rose up to the occasion late. I apologise to Nigerians for our disappointing outing. I had an option to come and not to but I had confidence in this team unfortunately it didn’t turn out the way we wanted. I am deeply sorry.”

On what next for him, Eguavoen said “My contract is tied to this tournament with a target of reaching at least the Semi Finals of the Olympics in London but I have failed in that target. I apologise to Nigerians, the Football Federation and especially the NFF president Aminu Maigari who did everything humanly possible to ensure we qualified. Right now I would just take two months out and maybe return to the local league,” he stated.

The Former Super Eagles coach also spoke on the positives from the tournaments.

“The positives from the tournament? Well first we were able to redeem our image hoping that Morocco will keep their winning streak. But the biggest positive for me is that my skippo, the super coach, Steven Keshi was here. As we all know, we are rebuilding and I believe he must have spotted players here that would help him in the National team.”

Nigeria finished third in group emerging the highest scoring team but failed to qualify for the Semi finals after losing to Morocco and Senegal.
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