Austin Eguavoen, U-23 Eagles Coach

Coach of the Nigerian  U-23 team, Austin Eguavoen, has declared that he is under pressure to surpass the record of Samson Siasia in the Olympic team.

Eguavoen was entrusted with the mission of taking the country’s U-23 Eagles to the 2012 Olympic Games  by  Nigeria Football Federation, NFF after his brief spell in the senior team, the Super Eagles.

The former Nigerian international said that though he is capable of handling his team, he still dreads the record created by Siasia with his silver medal outing in the last Beijing 2007 Olympics.

Coach Eguavoen has now been mandated with the onerous task of ensuring Dream Team V surpass this mark. He will have the chance to prepare his team with the All Africa Games qualifying rounds, where Nigeria are again drawn in the same zone with perennial arch-rivals Ghana.

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The Ghana Black Meteors denied Nigeria a ticket to the football event of the 2007 All Africa Games in Algeria.

According to Eguavoen, Siasia has set a record which will be hard to erase, but believes that with God on his side he would do his best not to disappoint football loving Nigerians.

The coach said Nigeria has attained the highest level in the Olympics which must not be brought down by him as the  handler of the U-23 Eagles. He said Bonfere Jo won gold medal for the country at the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 with a team that took the world by storm, while Siasia, an indigenous coach, was able to weather the storm and defied all odds to win the silver medal of the Beijing Games.

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“This is a biggest challenge for me. Nigerians won’t accept anything short of a record that will be above the one already created by Siasia. A record which every Nigerian knows that we must surpass in London 2012.. It’s my believe that with God on my side and the determination everyone in the team put to the task at hand we would surely get there,” he said.

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