The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is not pleased with the elimination of the Super Eagles from the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The football house feel its Technical Director, Augustine Eguavoen, who acted as interim head coach at the tournament in Cameroon, could have fielded a different team and tactics against Tunisia.
Nigerian won its first three games at the AFCON against Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau, playing expansive football with reliance on wing play from Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze.
However, the Tunisians found a way to shut down Simon and Chukwueze, winning 1-0 in the round of 16.
“We can’t be predictable for three consecutive matches straight up,” a senior NFF official told ESPN in a not-so-veiled criticism of Eguavoen.
“We ought to have changed tactics and even personnel to surprise them, too.
“Everyone was too heartbroken to have straight thoughts. But now, we have to maintain our heads, be stable, and focus on making the best decision for Nigeria.”