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AFCON: Eguavoen warns Super Eagles against complacency

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Interim Super Eagles coach Augustine Eguavoen has warned his players against complacency and taking chances in front of goal in subsequent matches at AFCON 2021 in Cameroon.
The coach said this at a news conference after Nigeria secured a place in the second round with a comfortable 3-1 win over their hapless Sudanese counterpart.
Eguavoen, however, said that the team did not play at the same pace, especially in the second half and that gave the Sudanese the comeback for the consoling goal.
“No game is easy.  We knew it was going to be tough and we tried our best to be ready for whatever opponent comes our way.
AFCON: Eguavoen warns Super Eagles against complacency

Interim Super Eagles coach Augustine Eguavoen has warned his players against complacency and taking chances in front of goal in subsequent matches at AFCON 2021 in Cameroon.

The coach said this at a news conference after Nigeria secured a place in the second round with a comfortable 3-1 win over their hapless Sudanese counterpart.

Eguavoen, however, said that the team did not play at the same pace, especially in the second half and that gave the Sudanese the comeback for the consoling goal.

“No game is easy. We knew it was going to be tough and we tried our best to be ready for whatever opponent comes our way.

“So it’s a bit difficult to say whether we were complacent in the Sudan game or not, but we will discuss this with the guys in the future,” he said.

The coach also insisted on the need for the team to always take advantage of chances in front of goal and defend as a whole to avoid unnecessary pressure and concede cheap goals.

“I think we are strong enough with our bench, but sometimes scoring goals is a problem, we waste chances in front of goal.

“Against Egypt we lost a couple of places, also against Sudan, that’s what gave the Sudanese the hope of being able to survive, it’s a threat, so we have to work on this,” he said.

The coach, however, assured that he will make some changes in the final group match against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday, to give playing time to players who have not tasted the action.

“Obviously we will make changes for the last game of the group stage against Guinea-Bissau.

“We have depth in the team and it is a good opportunity for the other players to play, we will play to win the game and I am confident that the players will do a great job,” he added.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that Nigeria currently tops Group D with six points from their first two games, after beating Egypt and Sudan.

Egypt is second with three points, while Sudan and Guinea-Bissau have one point each.

The Super Eagles will face Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday in their final match of the group stage.

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