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2012 London Olympic football ouster – NFF Sacks Eguavoen

Chief Coach of Under-23 Eagles, Austin Eguavoen, has resigned from Dream Team V after failing to fulfil his contractual obligations to pick the 2012 London Olympic ticket or play in the semi-final of the most glamorous world sports events.

The Under-23 Eagles gaffer, speaking in a post match conference after the Dream Team failed to qualify for the Olympic Games, apologised to Nigerians, and took the entire blame of the team’s unimpressive outing in Morocco, begging Nigerians to forgive him.

He specially noted that having failed to meet up with his contractual obligations, he knew that he had obviously lost his job, even as he attributed the problem of the team to what he described as a big stage for his players.

“I want to specially thank Nigerians, most people have been behind me especially the media and others who know my worth and my ability in the game. I have never said that I’m the best but I have always tried to be among the best. I apologise to Nigerians for our failure. We thought we can do well, but we were surprise over what happened.

“Now that my contract is tied to this tournament and even taking the team to the semi-final stage of the Olympics, I know that it has been cut short. You all know what will happen to me. I’m ready for it and I will take a break for some times and probably return to the domestic league,” he lamented.

Speaking further, the Super Eagles’ former gaffer, lamented that losing his job was not his immediate concern, but the emotion, psychological and physical pains his team had inflicted on Nigerians, admitting that he was feeling the pains more than anybody was.

“My regret was not keeping my job but the pains Nigerians are passing through now. It hurts a lot, but we cannot do anything about it now. What happened was that the stage was too big for the boys. I have to also say that the officiating in the game against Morocco was questionable. “If you observe very correctly, we play well in the second half because we had to go into the dressing room to do a whole lot of talking. The change in the second half was the determinant of the technical input we make in the team. I’m not the type that coach on the side,” he noted.


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