The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has named Nigeria’s interim coach Augustine Eguavoen the best manager at the group stage of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, Quest Times reports.
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The group also named Vincent Aboubakar of Cameroon as the best player of the tournament so far.
QUEST TIMES takes a look at some interesting facts you propably don’t know about the Super Eagles interim coach:
- Augustine Eguavoen, who hails from Edo was born 19 August, 1965 in Sapele Delta.
- He attended Edokpolor Grammar school in Benin.
- Eguavoen’s second club was Bendel Insurance in 1985, where his salary was N350.
- Then he moved to ACB in Lagos for one season 1985-1986.
- He joined Belgian club Gent in 1986 and played for them till 1990. He was recruited right here in Nigeria.
- The Nigeria legend was on-field captain when the Super Eagles lifted the African Cup of Nations for the first time on away ground, in Tunisia in 1994.
- He was part of what many believe was the golden generation of Nigerian football, when Nigeria qualified for the World Cup and played in USA.
- He ended his football playing career in Malta in 2001 with Sliame Wanderers, for which he became a coach player in 2000-2001.
- The Delta-born manager returned to Nigeria to handle Bendel Insurance in 2002 and served as coach of Nigeria’s U-20 in 2002/2003.
- He served as coach of Nigeria U23 2010–2011, Sharks FC 2012–2013 COD United FC 2013, Bendel Insurance FC 2014, Gombe United FC 2014–2015 and Sunshine Stars 2017.
- Eguavoen was NFF technical director until 12 December, 2021 when he was appointed interim coach of the Super Eagles for the AFCON 2021.
- He is married to Victoria and blessed with children.