Super Eagles interim technical adviser, Austin Eguavoen has admitted that it is tough serving as a coach in Nigeria, a country that loves the game of football.
The 56-year-old former international led the Super Eagles to January’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon following the sack of former coach, Gernot Rohr.
Eguavoen’s lads won all three games at the group stage but failed to reach the quarterfinals after a shock defeat to Tunisia in the round of 16.
The Super Eagles will face Ghana at Kumasi stadium on 25 March for the first leg of the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoffs, before hosting the reverse fixture four days later at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
Speaking to Elegbete TV , Eguavoen, who is set to led the team into a crucial doubleheader against the Black Stars of Ghana in a few days time, had this to say:
“It’s very very tough. Very tough because we are humans and are very demanding.”
He added: “We are a football nation which is normal. We don’t want to settle for less. We always want to go for the best and by so doing, we want to win every trophy available.
“To be saddled with that responsibility I think is a very tough one. There’ll be critics everywhere, left, right and centre definitely but the ability to be able to hold on and shed most things away and remain focused determines a lot.
“We will remain focused but our only appeal to people is to not discourage us but always encourage and support because things like this, if a person isn’t strong, can throw him off guard but I am focused and I know I have a lot of fans out there. Thumbs up to them.
“I love everybody and we’ll celebrate together after the two-legged games.”