Lack Of Experience Cost Us 1994 World Cup, Says Eguaveon

Augustine Eguavoen

Former Nigerian defender, Austine Eguavoen has revealed that inexperience cost the team from winning the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

Recall that the Super Eagles crashed out in the Round of 16 of the Mundial after losing to Italy 2-1.

However, Eguavoen told that lack of experience made the team not to progress beyond the Round of 16.

“If not for inexperience, we could have gone on to win the World Cup in 1994 as debutants,” he said.

“I say inexperience because we’ve never been there before. For experience, if you’ve been doing something for a very long time, you will know what to do at every particular time.

“I put the blame on the entire team, not just us but the management as well. In as much as I have been praising (Clemens) Westerhof, he and the technical crew could have managed the game better if they were experienced enough.

“Time management because before Italy got that equaliser, the time had gone.

”When I started my coaching career I made the same mistake but I started adjusting.

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”I didn’t know that then, but if Westerhof had changed the pattern of play and reversed the formation, or tell players to go down (we would have had a different result).”

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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