The Guild of Sports Editors has urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to immediately empower Super Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen, in anticipation of the Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff in March against the Black Stars of Ghana.
According to the Guild, the NFF does not have enough time on its side to start hiring a foreign coach for the task of qualifying Nigeria for Qatar 2022, adding Eguavoen has shown that given adequate support, he can return the Super Eagles to the summit of world football.
Rising from a meeting in Lagos at the weekend, the body, which is the umbrella association of managers of sports in the country’s major media houses, said through its President Tony Ubani: “Nigerians will not forgive the NFF if it bungles the country’s bid to qualify for the World Cup.
“Qualifying for the Qatar 2022 World Cup is the most important task before managers of the country’s football. They must ensure that nothing goes wrong.
“The whole world saw in Cameroun that Nigeria’s problem is not hinged on lack of quality players. Rather, the country was held down by a lethargic system, which did not allow the players the opportunity to express their talents.