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Soccer News of Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Eguavoen admits he made a mistake with Ejuke in Nigeria’s loss to Tunisia

Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen and winger Chidera Ejuke Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen and winger Chidera Ejuke

Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen has said his failure to introduce winger, Chidera Ejuke out of the team that lost to Tunisia in the second round of the Africa Cup cost the team in the game.

Nigeria, who were tipped as favorites crashed out of the AFCON after a 1-0 loss to the Carthage Eagles on Sunday, January 24.

Despite having a 100 percent record in the group stages, they struggled to break the defenses of the Tunisians who qualified as one of the best thirds.

Nigeria attacking threats from the flanks were curtailed by Tunisians.

Although Eguavoen made a couple of changes from the bench, he could not bring on Ejuke, who was one of the creative players in the squad.

Ejuke made a cameo against Egypt in the opening match, while he started against Guinea-Bissau, but he was not on the bench against Tunisia.

Eguavoen has now admitted it was a mistake to leave him out as he could have solved Nigeria’s problems in the attacking third.

“I think it was a mistake on my part not dressing Chidera Ejuke for the game against Tunisia,” Eguavoen said after the game.

“I take responsibility for whatever that happened at the round of 16,” he added.

The Super Eagles will now turn their attention to the 2022 World Cup playoffs, where they will face Ghana across two legs.

The winner of the tie will join the other four African teams in the other fixtures to represent Africa at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.