Thursday, December 2

NFF Technical Director, Austin Eguavoen, Pays Tribute To Diego Maradona

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*Speaks on how Super Eagles can regain the confidence of Nigerians

Frankie Omokhua

New Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Austin Eguavoen, has paid tribute to Argentine soccer legend, Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday.

The former Super Eagles defender who played against Maradona at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States expressed his thoughts on how he took the news of his death in a chat with Sports Arena on Friday.

“Very sad….when the news broke out about two days ago, anybody in this world that definitely like football will feel it”.

“I actually really felt it, I was emotional about it. I had the opportunity to be on the pitch with him at the 1994 World Cup in Boston and he was such a commanding figure”.

“He was someone I adored and I actually have his photograph in my house. I love Maradona”.

“Death is inevitable and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Gone too soon, may his sould rest in peace, I was emotional about it. He will be greatly missed”.

Speaking on the responsibility that comes with his recent appointment as the new Technical Director of the NFF, Eguavoen believed the job is going to involve collective efforts to achieve the needed success.

“It’s not going to be a One-man show because it will need collective efforts from all stakeholders. We will come up with strategies and come up with our plans and get into action”.

“It’s all about development and mapping out plans for our future players. Big one, but, I think we can handle it”.

Answering questions on how disposed he would be to assist the Coach Ladan Bosso-led U20 National team’s readiness for the upcoming WAFU U20 tournament, the ex international said, “I’m just coming in now, I need to interact with people I’m not going to interfere. I think I have come a long way with coach Coach Bosso and his assistant, Amao, but, I think if there is any way we can help, we can whisper in their ears and discuss it. If it’s something good that will help achieve results we can do that if they want”.

In addition, the former Super Eagles coach gave hints on what the Super Eagles will need to do to return the trust and confidence which Nigerians have for the team, stating that the only way would be for the Coach Gernot Rohr’s side to win the last two games (home and away) against Benin Republic in the 2022 AFCON qualifiers.

“The only way to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians will be just to win in Benin Republic and win the last game at home”.

And, on how the task can be achieved, he hinted that the method will not be different from the strategy and approach needed to win the games.

“It’s not going to be different because players will be invited, they will train and map out the plan to win the games”, said Eguavoen.

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