Nigeria Football To Get New Philosophical Drive, Says Eguavoen

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The Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Augustine Eguavoen has hinted on the plan of the football governing body to conceptualise an harmonious football methodology in Nigeria.

Speaking to OwoSports.com.ng at the ongoing Berackiah/Abigol Football Coaching Clinic in Asaba, Delta State, the former Super Eagles coach expressed the need to create a synchronized football philosophy and ideology from the grassroots to the senior cadre.

He acknowledged the imperative at overhauling the technical thrust of the country’s football development as part of the long term plans to raise the standard of the game.

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“We have to now travel with our philosophy, which means from the grassroots up to the national team, so that we play the same style.

Eguavoen however added that “interaction between the coaches and the technical department is very key” in order to achieve the proposed trend.

“Countries across the world have always designed ‘football philosophy and ideology’ on which all their developmental programmes will be anchored.”

While also noting the support of his colleagues and well wishers over his appointment as the Technical Director of the NFF, he reiterated the need for their continuous support towards making the desirable impact.

“It is not something I will take upon myself alone, I will need people’s advice and whoever I am going to reach out to, I will reach out to.”

“I think so far so good, they (coaches and colleagues) have given me their support and they will continue to give me their support, so we just want to try collectively to make positive impact.

Upon the background of as a one-time Super Eagles coach, the former Enyimba gaffer argued that he had some resounding impact on the team during his reign.

He recalled that his tutored side then only lost just two games (friendly match against Ghana and AFCON 2006 semi-final against Cote’d Ivoire) adding that whoever rated his performance as low is being biased.

Eguavoen drew clarity between his duties as the Technical Director of the NFF from that of the Super Eagles Head Coach, Gernot Rohr noting that his mandate has been clearly stated by FIFA and CAF.

“That is not mainly my concern now, because I have cleared that with FIFA and CAF, mine is to develop and then as head coach, if he (Rohr) wants my input at the national team so willing to say then, but that is not my thing.

“What we are trying to do is that the Technical Adviser should look in ward and in fairness he has been trying to do that, we were together in Jos and Port Harcourt and we have always been in touch, he concluded.

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