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Eguavoen eager to lead Eagles against Korea

John EGBOKHAN
Assistant Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen has declared his readiness to manage the team during their forthcoming friendly match against South Korea on August 11.

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But he added that he was not desperate to unseat foreign technical adviser, Lars Lagerback, whose contract is still running.

With head coach Lars Lagerback yet to return from his two-week vacation, following Nigeria’s first round crash from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, there appears to be a vacuum over who calls the shots during the proposed friendly tie against the Asian side, who denied Nigeria a passage into the second round of the tournament, owing to a 2-2 draw.

But speaking during the week, the 1994 Nations Cup winner, said  if the opportunity to tinker the senior national team against Korea presents itself to him, that he would gladly take it with open hands.

“I would love to manage the Eagles in the match against South Korea, if I am given the opportunity. It would be a thing of great joy for me to serve my country, in any capacity. If the NFA mandate me to coach the team against Korea, I would gladly  do that”, said Eguavoen.

But the Edo-born coach was quick to add that he was not angling to usurp Lagerback’s job, insisting he remains loyal to his boss.

“I do not think that I can push out Lagerback because he is still my boss and I have deep respect for him. His contract is still running and I am in constant contact with him My contract is still running and I remain loyal to Lagerback”, added Eguavoen.


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