AFCON 2021: Nigeria Interim Coach under pressure to win title.
Nigeria Interim Coach, Austin Eguavoen under pressure to win title as the Super Eagles landed in Cameroon on Wednesday, hoping to win their fourth continental title.
Nigeria interim coach Austin Eguavoen stated he is under pressure to deliver the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles have not won the African football tour since 2013, when they defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final game in South Africa.
They finished third in 2019 behind Senegal and eventual winners Algeria, but they now have their eyes focused on the prize in Cameroon.
Ahead of the Super Eagles’ first Group D game against Egypt on Tuesday, the 1994 Afcon winner – who took over for Gernot Rohr in December – admitted that picking the Super Eagles as best for the trophy is a challenge for him.
In the words of the interim coach:
“It spurs us but also put us under a bit of pressure, even if it is Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Gernot Rohr, you can’t say you are not under pressure,” Eguavoen told NFF TV, when asked about reception Nigeria got on arrival in Garoua on Wednesday night.
“It’s like Manchester City, probably one of the best teams right now, playing the best brand of football. Guardiola is one coach that I adore, I like other coaches as well but his approach is very different but he has not been able to win the Champions League with City.
“So you cannot say he is not under pressure, he wants to win it. So people are saying yes they expect Nigeria to win the Afcon, that puts me under some pressure.
Nigeria will play a friendly against Cameroonian club Coton Sport on Friday before their match on Tuesday against the Pharaohs at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.