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I won’t build my team around a player – Eguavoen

… warns Eagles against taking advantage of him

Super Eagles interim coach, Austin Eguavoen has clearly said he won’t be building his team around a single player while warning his players against advantage of him being too gentle.

He made this known on Friday during the press conference ahead of the clash with Sudan tomorrow (Saturday) in the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

“We haven’t done anything different. It’s the same personnel. It’s just about freedom. Feel free to express yourself. I told the players to see me as their father, brother and friend. They should always confide in me. But don’t take advantage of me being too gentle. Everyone understands this simple fact and the backroom staff.

“We have talked about scoring goals. I have made it clear that we won’t build our team on one person scoring goals. That’s why we try to assist one another. If you are not in a good position, try to assist your teammates. It’s a collective effort,” he said.

Eguavoen further said he will try and emulate Cameroon who have secured a Round of 16 berth after securing 6 points from 2 games while calling off the notion that the Super Eagles are top favourites for the AFCON trophy.

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“We know what it takes to win the next game. It’s not going to be easy. Cameroon secured their place in the round of 16 on Thursday. We will try as much as possible to do that on Saturday. It’s going to be easy.

“It’s hard to say that we are one of the favourites. We have only played one game. Egypt are seven-time champions of Africa. They aren’t pushover, they have a strong side. Whoever that thinks Egypt isn’t strong could be making a big mistake.

“We were able to neutralize them and played very well. Tagging us as big favourites is too early. We would approach the next game with all seriousness and show Sudan respect. After crossing that hurdle, we will see what happens.

“We are not losing steam. The boys understand this basic thing. We are focused and have talked to ourselves. We need to keep our eyes on set target. We don’t expect every game to go smooth but we won’t try to win every match,” he concluded.

I'm an avid and seasoned sports/ multimedia journalist. I have a biased love for Real Madrid and passionate advocate for the overall growth of the Nigeria Sports Project. I can be reached on 09077894123 or/and '[email protected]'

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