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Soccer News of Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

I’m not after Keshi’s record - Eguavoen

Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen (L) and the late Stephen Keshi (R) Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen (L) and the late Stephen Keshi (R)

Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen has said he is not desperate to equal the record set by the late Stephen Keshi.

Keshi who won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2013 also won the title as a player.

He equaled Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary who won the second edition of the tournament in 1959 as a player before winning the fourth title in 1998.

“It’s not about the individual, it’s about the team, it’s about the country,” Eguavoen said in a pre-match conference on Monday. “I’m not looking at personal glory to say, ‘hey, listen, I want to be the coach alive to have won the Nations Cup as a player and as a coach.’

“I’m looking at what I can do for my country and leave a legacy. It’s not about the individual. It’s a collective thing.”On the players who opted out on the tournament, Eguaveon added,” We have to respect people’s opinions, but there are regulations to release players.

“It boils down to the individual players. You have to fight for it. We also battle such when we were playing and we fought it because it’s a privilege and honour to play for your country.”Eguavoen will lead the Eagles out for the ninth time against Egypt at the Roumde Adjia Stadium on Tuesday (today) by 5pm.