Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation, Austin Eguavoen, is optimistic that the hlme-based Super Eagles have what it takes to impress and earn a shock result in the international friendly match with Mexico in United States of America next month.
Eguavoen who is standing in as coach of the Super Eagles B team, told the media in a chat at their Abuja camp that the players regard their invitation as enough motivation to do well against the Mexican A national team
“There are huge potentials in the Nigeria domestic league players and I believe playing Mexico in USA is a big chance to showcase their talents to the world. After just three training sessions with these players, I am convinced that they can shock Mexico,” Eguavoen enthused.
“”From what I have seen so far in training and comments from the boys, I can assure you that these players are not going on site-seeing in America but to prove their mettle and enhance their chances of breaking into the main Super Eagles team,! as well as the CHAN team,” the former Genk of Belgium defender stated.
On why he agreed to lead the team to America as coach, Eguavoen said it was a directive from his bosses at the NFF who drafted him in following the decision of Coach Gernot Rohr not to handle the team the Mexico friendly and Joseph Yobo’s unavailability due to personal issues.
“It is not true that we lobbied to handle the home-based Super Eagles as being insinuated by the public,” Eguavoen reiterated.
“We were drafted in to rescue a situation and that is what we are doing right now. Rohr has been at all our training sessions and gave some advise after each session.
“I want to confirm also that the players were carefully selected by me and my colleagues in the Technical department with the collaboration of coaches who sent in names of quality players in the league. We didn’t just invite players without doing our home work. We may have left out some players but it was not out of malice.
“We are going to the USA to win, going by the body languages of the players. We have to encourage them and psyche them to play with confidence to win,” the former Super Eagles Coach concluded.
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja
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