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AKANNI- EGUAVOEN WILL PERFORM EFFECTIVELY

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BY OYEWUNMI KAFAYAT

Wahidi Akanni, an ex-international, stated on Sunday that the success of interim Super Eagles manager Austin Eguavoen is dependent on the degree of support provided to him by stakeholders.

With less than a month till the Nations Cup, Akanni said in an interview with the News correspondent in Lagos that all hands should be on deck.

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The news correspondent reports that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) recently announced that Eguavoen would replace Gernot Rohr as Super Eagles coach on an interim arrangement.

“With his wealth of experience, I believe he’d bring something fresh to the team because he has been around; he has gone to these tournaments as a player and as a coach.

“With NFF’s real support, he’d be able to achieve so much; the tournament is about four weeks and the core of the team is basically from Europe.

“I don’t think he needs to do a lot of search because our domestic league only just kicked off, support from all levels is crucial,’’ Akanni said.

Rohr’s five-year stint with Nigeria has ended and Eguavoen is back in the position he held back in 2010 following Lars Lagerback’s exit in 2010.

Akanni, a former FA Chairman of Lagos State, advised Eguavoen to focus on the defense in order to have a well-coordinated team.

“Austin should also try to look into the defence line, which needs one or two changes, I believe by so doing, getting the necessary result won’t be a problem.

“We need to beef up our defense to fortify our squad better,‘’ Akanni said.

The 56-year-old manager will work alongside Salisu Yusuf (chief coach), Paul Aigbogun (assistant coach), Joseph Yobo (assistant coach), Terry Eguaoje (assistant coach) and Alloy Agu (goalkeeper coach).

In 1994, he was the acting captain that lifted the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia after Nigeria defeated Zambia 2-1.

He was also part of Clemens Westerhof’s team that featured in the country’s maiden appearance at the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Wahidi Akanni, an ex-international, stated on Sunday that the success of interim Super Eagles manager Austin Eguavoen is dependent on the degree of support provided to him by stakeholders.

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