Eguavoen reveals ‘huge error’ that led to TUNISIA ’04 Semifinal defeat

Eguavoen reveals ‘huge error’ that led to TUNISIA ’04 Semifinal defeat

After 14-years, Former Super Eagles Coach, Augustine ‘Cerezo’ Eguavoen finally disclosed the reason for Eagles semifinal defeat to Host Tunisia.

Speaking earlier today on Brila FM’s Diary of Ifeanyi Udeze, Eguavoen revealed that the team was not prepared for penalty kicks.

“It was a massive error on our part, but we ‘ve learned from our own mistake”, Eguavoen reveals.


“I really cannot explain what happened prior to the shootout,” Eguavoen added.

“But the major thing I remember vividly which was the reason for the loss is lack of preparation, we didn’t prepare the team for penalty kicks,” The former Coach told brila.net.

Ifeanyi Udeze had earlier informed listeners on his dairy programme that he was indeed not prepared for the penalty but the then Coach, Christian Chukwu mandated him to take it, which he converted successfully.

Reminiscing the penalty shootout situation in Tunisia, John Utaka converted the first kick, followed by youngster Peter Odemwingie who’s kick was saved by the Tunisian Goalkeeper.

Joseph Yobo converted the third kick, while Ifeanyi Udeze scored the fourth with his trademark left foot, the Eagles, however, lost out 5-3 after Vincent Enyeama failed to save any of the Tunisians Spot kicks.

Eguavoen, as at that time was the assistant coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria but later became the Caretaker Coach in 2005.

In June 2010, the Nigeria Football Federation asked Eguavoen to replace Swedish Lars Lagerbäck until he decide his future plans.

He was brought in as caretaker manager but said that he has no intention of submitting an application to take the role on a permanent basis.

Eguavoen was also appointed as the head coach of the Nigeria national under-23 football team in August 2010.

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