The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has given strongest indication that Austin Eguavoen will be confirmed to qualify the Super Eagles for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
Eguavoen has been the Eagles caretaker coach since the exit of former Sweden coach Lars Lagerback in July.
And now head of NFF technical department, James Peters, has disclosed the former international defender will be in charge of the team for the qualifying tournament for the Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
“Eguavoen has done well so far and he will see us through the qualifiers for the Nations Cup,” Peters told MTN Football.com.
The coach has insisted he will not apply for the job after the NFF decided earlier in September to ask for applications from both foreign and local coaches.
This is Eguavoen’s second spell as head of the national team. In 2005, he took over from Christian Chukwu soon after Nigeria were forced to a 1-1 draw by closest rivals Angola in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Kano.
However, a late rally by Nigeria could not stop Angola from qualifying for their first World Cup in Germany.
Eguavoen will then lead the Eagles to finish third at the 2006 Nations Cup in Egypt.
He has thus far led the Eagles to beat Madagascar 2-0 in a Nations Cup qualifier in Calabar after his team fell 2-1 to South Korea in a friendly in August.