Eguavoen: I’m not after Keshi’s record

Eguavoen n Keshi

Super Eagles interim coach Austin Eguavoen says he is not desperate to equal late Stephen Keshi’s Africa Cup of Nations record.

Keshi won the AFCON title as a player in 1994 and as a coach in 2013.

His equaled Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary’s record, who won the second edition of the tournament in 1959 as a player, before guiding the Pharaohs to their fourth title in 1998.

“It’s not about the individual, it’s about the team, it’s about the country,” Eguavoen said in a pre-match conference on Monday.

“I’m not looking at personal glory to say, ‘hey, listen, I want to be the coach alive to have won the Nations Cup as a player and as a coach.’

“I’m looking at what I can do for my country and leave a legacy. It’s not about the individual. It’s a collective thing.”

On the players who opted out on the tournament, Eguaveon added,” We have to respect people’s opinions, but there are regulations to release players.

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“It boils down to the individual players. You have to fight for it. We also battle such when we were playing and we fought it because it’s a privilege and honour to play for your country.”

Eguavoen will lead the Eagles out for the ninth time against Egypt at the Roumde Adjia Stadium on Tuesday (today) by 5pm.

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