The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appointed Augustine Eguavoen, its current Technical Director, as the Super Eagles’ interim Technical Adviser.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by Ademola Olajire, NFF’s Director of Communications, the appointment is effective immediately and follows the severance of the association with Franco-German Gernot Rohr.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Rohr has been in charge of the three-time African champions for the past 64 months and was Nigeria’s longest-serving manager.
The decision to fire Rohr and appoint Eguavoen on an interim basis was made during a virtual meeting of the NFF Executive Committee on Sunday, according to the statement.
“It was decided that Eguavoen will work with Salisu Yusuf (Chief Coach); Paul Aigbogun (Assistant Coach); Joseph Yobo (Assistant Coach); Dr Terry Eguaoje (Assistant Coach) and Aloysius Agu (Goalkeeper Trainer).
“Former Nigeria captains Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Garba Lawal have been appointed to provide technical and ambassadorial support for the crew,” it said.
Olajire quoted General Secretary of the NFF Mohammed Sanusi as saying that the relationship between the NFF and Mr Rohr had come to an end.
“We thank him for his services to the Super Eagles and Nigeria.
“We also want to thank the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports for its collaboration and guidance all through,” Sanusi was quoted as saying.
Eguavoen, a former Nigeria captain, coached the team to third place at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in 2006.
He was the Super Eagles’ on-field captain when they won the Africa Cup for the first time away from home, in Tunisia, 27 years ago.
“He will now take charge of the team as it begins preparations for the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon from Jan. 9 to Feb. 6, 2022, and until the appointment of a substantive head coach,” the statement added.