Former Nigeria international Augustine Eguavoen has hailed his appointment as the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation.
The ex-Super Eagles captain and coach also revealed that he had only recently been named as the coach of Mali’s Club Malien de Bamako.
Still, the former Gent defender turned down the offer when the NFF approached him because of his desire to show that an ex-international can push Nigerian football to a higher level.
“I just came back from Mali, where I was about to resume as coach of one of the clubs in the country,” the former Enyimba International gaffer told the Guardian.
“I had already been announced as the coach of the club on their radio station when I was in the country. But I had to turn down the appointment because I need to serve my country.
“The Malians were not happy, but I still have a cordial relationship with them.
“I didn’t want to turn down the technical director’s job because it would look like the NFF is giving an ex-international a job, and he is turning it down.
“I want to work in developing Nigerian football at all levels. It is a call to service that I could not turn down.”
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