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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Eguavoen heartbroken over Fifa ban

Super Eagles’ head coach Austin Eguavoen is sad over the latest twist in the fortunes of Nigerian football following the suspension of the country from taking part in international competitions by the world soccer governing body Fifa.

Eguavoen, who is due to meet with the Acting Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme, on his future with the national team and the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, now in doubt, said he was stunned when he heard the news on radio.

He further said the reactions of Nigerians have shocked him the more, as so many of his countrymen are jubilant over Fifa’s sanction on the West African nation.

Eguavoen, 45, said he will discuss with the NFF scribe to know the true situation of things before he decides on what to do in this period of non-activity for the country’s national team.

“I am really unhappy with this situation particularly with just a few days to our match against Guinea. But I will speak to the football federation secretary-general, Dr Ikpeme, about the situation. It is after that that I can be sure of what next to do because this is not an encouraging situation for us, the coaches and even the players,” he said.

The former KV Kortrijk defender hopes that the crisis that has engulfed Nigerian football since the country’s ouster from the Fifa World Cup in South Africa this year will come to an end soon.

“We, the coaches and players, are waiting and hoping that the crisis comes to an end very soon so that we can return to international football,” he said to SuperSport.com.


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