–Says move will help home based to grow
Former Super Eagles handler, Austin Eguavoen says he was happy with the decision of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to secure friendly matches for the senior national team despite their inability to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
The reigning African champions will play Mali and Cote d’Ivoire next year and Eguavoen believes that the idea will help the domestic league players to grow ahead of future challenges.
“I think it is a good idea and i am happy that it is coming at a time like this because we need to start preparing for the future since we are not going to the African Cup of Nations. I am also happy that all the players are invited from the local league and that will help them to grow in their game,” Eguavoen says.
“If these players are given the exposure they need, i can tell you that in the next one year, they will be better than what they are now and they can go places. It was a good step and i will encourage them to do more.
“It is painful that Nigeria will not be at the next Nations Cup but for us not to face the same problem in future, we need to start building and by doing that, we can be stronger.
Meanwhile, Coach Daniel Amokachi has been given the responsibility of handling the team during the friendly matches.