The interim coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Austine Eguavoen says he is doing all within his capacity to hand a solid team to incoming substantive coach Jose Peseiro.
Eguavoen will steer the team through the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with the Portuguese coach succeeding him immediately after the tournament as he will be in charge of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers playoff which starts in March.
Speaking ahead of Nigeria’s AFCON 2021 opener against Egypt tomorrow, Eguavoen cleared the air on any potential rift with the coach as they are both working for the good of the team.
He further said he still remains the head of the technical department of the NFF by virtue of his position as technical director hence Peseiro is answerable to him.
“We are in touch. It’s not a problem. Mind you I am the technical director of Nigeria Football, by extension and right I am his boss. So collaboration is very good, because whatever we do here is to make it a soft landing and platform to operate”, he explained.
“We want to be at the next World Cup. There is need to make everything comfortable and smooth for him. When Peseiro resumes, he can now add his own ideas”.