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Nigeria: Eguavoen to handle Olympic team

Austin Eguavoen, Super Eagles Coach

The Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen has revealed his heart is set on handling the country’s Olympic teamas a result of a barrage of criticisms following Nigeria’s 1-0 loss to Guinea last Sunday in a Nations Cup qualifier

The ex-international took over from the Swede, Lars Lagerback in July and with a record of a win and two losses.

“The U-23 team is where my heart is and I will not apply to coach the Super Eagles,” Eguavoen, who coached the Eagles to win the bronze at the 2006 Nations Cup in Egypt said.

The Edo State-born tactician had reached an agreement to take over the country’s Olympic team with the board of the Nigeria Footballl Federation (NFF) before the crisis which engulfed  Nigerian football.

He has also handled Nigeria’s team to the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Finland, where he produced John Mikel Obi, Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke, Solomon Okoronkwo, Isaac promise and a host of others.

It will be recalled that coach Samson Siasia handled the last U-23 team which lost in the final of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.