Nigeria boss steps down after Afcon exit

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Augustine Eguavoen has stepped down as Nigeria manager following his side's Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 elimination. 

The Super Eagles made their exit from the tournament after they suffered a slender 1-0 defeat to Tunisia on Sunday. 

Nigeria had been the best team during the group stage as they were the only team with a 100% win record. 

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Interim boss Eguavoen was also named the winner of the Group Stage Best Manager Award, but the joy from this was short-lived and the team has now left the showpiece at the first knockout stage, with the 56-year-old tactician having since revealed that he will no longer remain at the helm.  

"What happens next is that I'm the interim coach and technical director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)," Eguavoen said after the match. 

"I will go back to my position and allow the NFF (to) make a decision on the way forward." 

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Eguavoen's short tenure lasted just over a month as he was appointed as a temporary replacement for Gernot Rohr, who was sacked on 13 December after five years in charge. 

Ahead of Afcon 2021, the NFF had announced Portuguese manager Jose Peseiro as the next permanent coach, stating that he would take over from Eguavoen after the tournament.

There were reports, however, that Peseiro had not yet signed on the dotted line, and that Eguavoen could get the job permanently after a strong group-stage showing despite the NFF's earlier announcement, but the latter will now return to his lone role as technical director of the organisation.

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