Augustine Eguavoen
Augustine Eguavoen

People are now starting to respect Super Eagles − Eguavoen

NEWS DIGEST – Super Eagles’ coach, Augustine Eguavoen says people are beginning to respect the Nigeria football team following their performance at the group stage of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Eguavoen said this while speaking to newsment during the post-match conference after Nigeria won Guinea-Bissau two goals to nil to become the only side at this 33rd edition of the competition to clinch nine points from group games.

The Super Eagles advanced to the knockout stage of the competition of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after defeating Sudan three goals to one.

Eguavoen said people didn’t trust the Super Eagles, however the team put everything behind to focus on each game.

“But again it is the same set of players who performed brilliantly well prior to the AFCON, the last one in Egypt and also a year or couple later.

“All of a sudden, things didn’t go well as they were supposed to for some reason and that’s why people were trying to write Nigeria off.

“For the first game, nobody gave us a chance but we did the job collectively.

“And then, that game was gone. We had to put it behind us and then focus on the next game. Went ahead to beat Sudan and then put it behind us and then focus on the next game,” Eguavoen said.

Eguavoen said the Super Eagles play every opponent with full strength and respect.

“Now, people are thinking and starting to respect Nigeria.

“We will always respect our opponents, we will play them with full strength and we will play them the way we play with anybody.

“For instance, if you see today’s game and like I said before, Guinea-Bissau is a very strong team. They were no pushovers at all,” he said.

The Super Eagles coach expressed his satisfaction over the performance of the team against Guinea-Bissau.

“So, they gave us a run for the money, but at the end of the day we were able to get those two goals and I am very satisfied with the performance.

“The most credit must go to the players for doing everything we told them to do,” Eguavoen said.